Cortana doesn't cooperate with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during live demo

Shawn Knight

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Presenting on stage in front of an audience of hundreds or even thousands can be a daunting task. Add in some tech demos and the fact that millions may be watching live around the world and you’ve got a recipe ripe for failure – just ask Satya Nadella.

During a keynote at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference last night in which he was speaking with Jessi Hempel from Wired, Nadella attempted to show off some of what Cortana can do. As you’ll see in the clip above, Microsoft’s CEO asked the virtual assistant “show me my most at-risk opportunities.”

What Cortana heard was quite different: “Show me to buy milk at this opportunity.” Whoops.

Nadella kept his cool and tried again but it was clear that it wasn’t going to work. Fortunately, his team backstage was able to lend a helping hand.

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Cortana thinks 'she' was the wife of Nadella hence the insistence of buying milk...
time for Cortano, the 'male buddy'... ;)

Did he program/set his accent?
also, probably this ^...


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Kinda hard to get cortana to understand you when you have a thick accent and you are on a stage with tens or hundreds of people making noise.


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It should have done what it does to all MS product users and just explain the obvious with a any resolution to the problem: "This stopped working"


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All he had to do was to say, "Show me to buy milk at this opportunity" and it would have given him the business data he was looking for.