Discovery accidentally reveals Star Trek ships are still running Microsoft Windows

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:02 AM EDT (Updated)

Thanks to what is almost certainly a glitch in the effects work for Star Trek: Discovery, it seems the Federation is still running Microsoft Windows on its star ships a century or two in the future. Here’s hoping the blue screen of death doesn’t hit during warp speed.

A keen-eyed fan spotted a scene in the third episode of the CBS All Access series that featured some code referencing the Windows operating system scrolling across a screen while Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham tries to understand the code, which is said to be related to quantum astrophysics. Well, turns out the effects team didn’t get the memo, and instead used some old stand-in computer code from Microsoft Windows. Oops.

As The Verge points out, the text featured on-screen seems to be decompiled code for the Stuxnet virus, which makes mention of Windows processes. It’s a funny little technical easter egg, and you’ve got to love the commitment of Trek fans to literally go frame-by-frame to get a look at these tiny details. The pressure is on for Discovery, and if nothing else, it just added a fascinating footnote to Trek lore. It was certainly an accident, but still.

But yes, according to this, Windows apparently still exists in the far-flung, utopian future of Star Trek. Which is crazy, because come on, they take their decorating tips straight from the Apple Store these days, right?

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access.

(Via The Verge)