Microsoft Surface tablets were once again thrust into the negative spotlight during a National Football League playoff game between the Denver Broncos, and the New England Patriots.
“They’re having some trouble with their Microsoft Surface tablets,” announced CBS Reporter Evan Washburn. “That last defensive possession the Patriots’ coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players. NFL officials have been working at it. Some of those tablets are back in use but not all of them. A lot of frustration that they didn’t have them on that last possession.”
The Microsoft Surface Pro tablets stopped working causing a major embarrassment for the struggling product just as Microsoft was performing an advertising blitz for the hybrid tablet device integrated into the game itself.
Microsoft had been relentlessly advertising Surface tablets during the game, and had ensured that the device was visible by wrapping them in bright blue covers emblazoned with Microsoft Surface branding.
In the past, commentators have accidentally referred to the Surface Tablets as ‘iPads’. This is one time when Apple must be happy they used the correct name for the troublesome tablets.
Microsoft was quick to blame network issues, although only the Patriot’s side experienced issues with them during the game. The Patriots ultimately lost to the Broncos by a narrow margin of 18-20.