Microsoft celebrates Windows 11 launch with creepy NFT

Windows 11 is out today, and Microsoft is celebrating its launch in all kinds of ways. There’s a big Times Square advertisement, Windows 11 branded ice creams, and absolutely wild light takeover of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but none of that prepared me for the livestream Microsoft is hosting tonight to wrap up on launch day. At 5:00 PM PST, streaming Microsoft’s Elevenation, a “6D Music Experience” with musicians Tate McRae and Allen Stone. And what 6D music experience would be complete without NFT?

That’s right: Microsoft is doing an NFT to celebrate the launch of an operating system, which I think is a certified “How are you other kids?” »Move if there ever was one. The launch event site is light on details: the FAQ helpfully asks the question “What is Windows 11 NFT?” and then provides this as an answer:

“The Windows 11 NFT is a one-of-a-kind crypto token that resides in your digital wallet and unlocks valuable experiences and rewards.”

The 6D experience also appears to be just a livestream with multiple camera angles to choose from, so unfortunately it’s still just a boring old 3D gig you’ll watch on a 2D screen. Sorry, folks, Microsoft didn’t revolutionize science and math to bring you this event.

What “valuable experiences and rewards” could Windows 11’s NFT hold promise, I wonder? An exclusive wallpaper? A funny avatar of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella singing a duet with Tate McRae? Guaranteed waste of everyone’s time and our planet’s resources? We will find out soon enough.


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