You stay classy, Microsoft. According to new reports, the traditionally squeaky-clean software company has been forced to apologize for a lewd presentation that included obscene song lyrics and dancing by semi-scantily-clad women.
The presentation took place last week, at the Norwegian Developers Conference in Oslo. The subject of Microsoft’s presentation was its Azure cloud computing platform; nothing too exciting, which may explain why the Redmond-based software giant attempt to spice things up a tad with dancers and raunchy tunes.
As can be seen in the video posted here, the show starts with sexy dancing by the “Azure Girls” and a song that could easily be considered more obnoxious than obscene. However, the song did include at least one lyric that immediately caught the attention of the many software developers in the audience and, eventually, the entire Internet (after viewers went on Twitter to share their opinions):
“I’ve got the skills to impress, I’m a computer genius…The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis.”
A real knee-slapper, no doubt.
Unfortunately, many of the (apparently very conservative) programmers in the audience weren’t amused.
“For those not here, we had flashing disco lights, bad lyrics about penis, disco beats and dancing azure girls, so cringeworthy,” one person tweeted.
“Wow #microsoft this music thing is probably the most embarrassing i’ve ever seen and heard,” said another.
Although the video has, so far, received mostly positive reviews on YouTube, Microsoft has already formally apologized for the show’s content.
“This week’s Norwegian Developer’s Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language,” the company said in a recent statement. “We apologise to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter.”
Following up on that, Microsoft head of corporate communications, Frank Shaw, tweeted his opinion that the routine “was inappropriate and was just not ok.”