Cortana, Voice Command Assistant Embarrasses Microsoft Boss in Front of a Huge Crowd: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just had an epic Cortana fail on stage. Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri, proves less than helpful during a live presentation by chief executive Satya Nadella. Nadella was delivering a keynote address at Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference when he called upon the services of Cortana. 'Show me my most at-risk opportunities,' he commanded. 'Show me to buy milk at this opportunity,' Cortana replied. Microsoft has been talking up Cortana a lot recently, but its own CEO failed to get it to work properly at one of the most public events to showcase it so far.
On Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a keynote speech at Dreamforce, the big user conference held by Salesforce.
Nadella talked about artificial intelligence and walked up to the podium to showcase how Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant software, is able to understand natural language queries.
But then he asked Cortana, "Show me my most at-risk opportunities," and the software surfaced reminders to buy milk instead.
Nadella gave it a second try, but it failed to understand him again, causing a frustrated Nadella to say, "Oh man!" at one point.
As he failed a third time, Nadella seemed a bit frustrated, and apologized to the crowd, "Sorry about that. Someone's trying to save me from backstage."
Eventually, on his next try, he changed his query to "show me the most risky opportunities," and was able to get it to work.
WC Fields once said you should "never work with animals or children" - it might be time to add voice-activated assistants to that list.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella gave a keynote speech at a sales conference in San Francisco in which he wanted to show off the capabilities of Cortana.
The feature is a direct rival to Apple's Siri, and responds to the human voice to carry out tasks and offer up information in an instant.
But the demonstration didn't go to plan.
When he asked Cortana to "show me my most at-risk opportunities", the assistant offered to remind him to buy milk instead.
"No, that's not what I want," he said, as a Bing search bar appeared with the milk request.
He tried a second time, to no avail. "Oh come on," he said.
After a third unsuccessful attempt, a visibly frustrated Mr Nadella apologised to the crowd, saying: "No, this is not going to work.
"Sorry about that. Someone's trying to save me from backstage."
The mobile assistant has recently been incorporated into Windows 10, a feature the Microsoft boss had been keen to show off.