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Microsoft tablet freezes during presentation

Microsoft's latest gadget, the "Surface" tablet, freezes during a presentation.

Microsoft's lastest gadget and iPad competitor, "Surface," suffered a failure during a presentation.

Microsoft's president of Windows and Windows Live division Steven Sinofsky was presenting the tablet to a crowd in Hollywood when the gadget crashed in front of the live audience. Sinofsky spoke for an awkward 20 seconds before dashing behind the podium for a backup.

The Surface's failure in Hollywood, however, pale's in comparison to Windows 98's "blue screen of death," which broadcasted live on television with Bill Gates presenting. But taking the embarassment more gracefully, Gates simply stated, "That must be why we're not shipping Window's 98 yet!"