Over the last few hours, Microsoft unveiled the 2nd generation Surface tablet at a press event in NYC. Soon after they posted the product ad they screened during the presentation to YouTube. While I was sleeping, sharp-eyed Twitter user @Sunil noticed a brief onscreen appearance of something I did not expect at all, my face.
Analysing more closely, the screenshot is actually of Skype for Windows 8 which features my previous profile photo. Appearing alongside me is also the profile of my buddy Rafael Rivera. On the top right corner, it clearly shows that the user is “Paul Thurrott”.
So what appears to have happened is that the ad production company decided to show a lot of Windows 8 screens in quick succession in the video. When it came to actually sourcing the screenshots they must have just used a search engine for pictures that contained Windows 8. The original screenshot was actually published in a WinSuperSite.com article and Paul asked for permission to use my profile photo.
This theory would also explain another bizarre appearance of a DeviantArt concept of Windows 8 in an earlier version of the ad originally posted to YouTube but now pulled. Rafael Rivera tweeted a screencap.
The ad is embedded below. My split second of fame appears at 0:57.