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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Surface Tablet Fumbles on NFL Sideline – Again

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Microsoft Corporation tablets used on the Patriots’ sidelines failed during the AFC championship game on Sunday that took place between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots resulting in another public black eye for the firm. CBS’ sideline reporter – Evan Washburn – reported during the game that the Patriots were having issues with their Microsoft Surface tablets.

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Microsoft NFL partnership faces another glitch

“On the 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,” Washburn reported.

The Patriots’ tablets resumed to working order after the brief interruption. A Microsoft Corporation spokesman blamed a network connectivity issue for the problem. “Our team on the field has confirmed the issue was not related to the tablets themselves but rather an issue with the network,” the firm said. “We worked with our partners who manage the network to ensure the issue was resolved quickly.”

Microsoft’s tablet partnership with National Football League (NFL) has been through a lot of rough patches. In 2013, the tech firm struck a deal worth $400m with the NFL for having its tablets exclusively on team sidelines for reviewing plays. Since then, the commentators have been referring to those as iPads.

At that time, there were reports, the talkers were getting constant reminders from the networks that there is no similarity in the looks of an iPad and Surface, therefore, they should be referred to by its actual name. Microsoft’s tablet has taken a beating on the sidelines in the past as well.

Lumia X – a Surface phone

A Surface Phone has been rumored since long, and it is believed that Microsoft China accidentally revealed a phone called the Lumia X, which is speculated to be a Surface Phone. The entire episode is an outcome of a video from Microsoft China that seeks to explain Continuum. This feature, which comes with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, allow users to hook up one a handsets to a monitor, QWERTY keyboard and a mouse via the Display Dock.

In essence, this feature helps in turning the Lumia 950/Lumia 950 XL into a desktop PC. There isn’t any mention of the Lumia X in the video, but the video’s description mentions it. The description reads the devices such as Microsoft Corporation Lumia 950/XL, Lumia Phone X and Acer Jade Primo support Continuum. The firm made edits to the description later to remove the reference to the Lumia X, but it is the first sign that it is a legitimate phone.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.