Odd opening statements for the Build 2018 Keynote

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I’m sure both of these opening statements at the Build 2018 Keynote were meant to be funny but I feel they both fell flat and really failed to build any enthusiasm or excitement for the forthcoming presentation.

Charlotte Yarkoni – CVP, Growth and Ecosystem –

We’re supposed to have a few good days of pleasant weather here in Seattle, yet I have the awesome job of trying to convince everybody in this room that you need to sit the next three days in dark windowless spaces listening all about our products.

Satya Nadella – Chief Executive Office –

I hear Bill Gates is talking about stock and he’s talking about the Apple stock and I said, “Wow! In the 30 years that at least I’ve know Bill I’ve never seen him talk about stock but today must be a new day for sure when you hear Bill talk about Apple stock. So, that’s the new Microsoft for you.”

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