This article is not exactly true...
I was at the lecture this morning - I thought it was entertaining and worth going to.... And I don't even work for MS.
I have to say though that this report is a bit, well a bit tabloid, i.e. misrepresenting a couple of things.
For example I kind of thought, like most people there, that Steve chosing not to answer all of the 6 or 7 questions posed by the El Reg journo, was not stonewalling but was to the benefit of students and business people who the lecture was aimed at. These event are not primarilly aimed at journos, are they? Surely other people attending the event should get to ask some as well? And I, like a number of people had trouble hearing some of the questions (and I was only a few rows behind the El Reg journo), so I can easilly believe that Steve asking for the question to be repeated was genuine.
It's a shame this wasn't run like most of my University's alumni events, i.e. no (or very limited) press, ensuring people only get to ask one question and Chatham House rules. The event might be a bit more useful for the rest of us then.
F*ck me! I can't believe I'm defending MS!