Microsoft's next release of their flagship operating system, Windows 8, will sport an updated error screen, most commonly referred to as the 'Blue Screen of Death'. For those fortunate enough to not run into the infamous error message over the years (anybody?), here's a little history lesson:
Officially known as a stop-error, the blunder screen first appeared in Windows 1.0 back in in 1985. The now-loathed blue screen, which is named after its obvious colour and original-association to 'Big Blue' IBM, has one purpose and one purpose only - to tell you it's all gone wrong.
The screen traditionally displays a block of text, with often vague detailing of what issue caused the PC's critical error. A user would then have little choice but to reboot their machine - oh, and no one can escape it, not even Microsoft founder Bill Gates - as shown by this hilarious video from the Windows 98 live demonstration.
However, the classic wall of erroneous text is to be seemingly replaced in Windows 8, and updated with a more friendly design. The revamped BSOD look, which was first posted on Chip Hazard's Facebook page, will sport a somewhat ironic sad face along with text reading "Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart".
The new screen will also offer a to-the-point error message that can later be searched, which seems like a welcome and straightforward change when compared to the jargon-filled Blue Screen of Death of old.
Although the changes to the blue screen offer a cleaner design and easier to understand error message, I'm not to sure if users will take too kindly to the cutesy sad-face emoticon they will be greeted with. Like the 'Aw Snap!' display in Google Chrome it's often not something users appreciate seeing following an error or crash.