Microsoft CEO embarrassed by Cortana voice command failure during keynote

“Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, proves less than helpful during a live presentation by chief executive Satya Nadella,” The Guardian reports.

“Nadella was delivering a keynote address at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference when he called upon the services of Cortana,” The Guardian reports. “‘Show me my most at-risk opportunities,’ he commanded. ‘Show me to buy milk at this opportunity,’ Cortana replied.”

Nadella makes several more attempts before finally just giving up.

Watch the video starting at 10:33 to see Microsoft’s Siri wannabe failing miserably.

MacDailyNews Note: Timeline: Apple released Siri on October 4, 2011. Microsoft released their Siri wannabe, Cortana, two and a half years later on April 2, 2014.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. the REALLY SCARY THING about this is many of the IT managers CIOs who are dyed in the wool Windows fanboys won’t see anything really bad about it (“hey my systems crash numerous times every day!” )..

    1. I said to Siri, “Show me my most at risk Opportunities”.

      She replied. “That may be beyond my capabilities at the moment”.

      She understood what I was talking about and the reply is the correct response.

  2. My guess is that since Microsoft doesn’t control the hardware AND the software they couldn’t stop some bean counter at generic PC maker from shaving a few cents off the cost of the laptop by going with a lower end microphone. Not to mention the fact that Microsoft probably didn’t tweak Cortana for each individual microphone that gets put out there.

  3. That would be embarrassing to anyone. He doesn’t seem to be a bad guy much better then Balmer. He should have tested the system instead of relying on people back stage to save him. He has a strong accent and its well know in general that these types of programs voice recognition still have a way to go. His presentation i too technical phrased. I think if he would have slowed down a little relaxed some more he would have done better.

  4. He said, “Take all the buzzwords, what do they accumulate to? They accumulate to a lot of data.” Huh? The only way I know that he wasn’t just reading words out of a dictionary is that they weren’t in alphabetical order.

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