"A spokesperson for Microsoft said that the problem was not bandwidth but that its SQL Server database had reached excessive fragmentation levels caused by the tremendous surge of queries". Read about it here:
and also here:
Why didn't anyone involved bother to think thru the fact that competitors and various elements of anti-Microsoft factions can make a lot of hay about Microsoft's own product?!?
Just as politicians only ever admit to "wanting to spend more time with family", a technology company shouldn't point to their own product as the culprit of a major technology failure, especially when there are thousands of other reasons that the meltdown might've happened.
What are your thoughts?
Addendum: Thanks to Andy Kelly for pointing out the actual human error behind the website problem. Andy reveals the smoking gun in his post at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/andrew_kelly/archive/2009/05/09/so-the-real-story-is.aspx, which in turn points to the analysis done by my favorite guys on the SQLCAT team. Read their analysis at http://sqlcat.com/faq/archive/2009/05/08/windows2008-r2-beta-download-runs-smoothly-now.aspx.