Microsoft Apologizes for Obscene Show at Conference

by Angela Nazworth | June 11, 2012 11:10 am

It appears the folks at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[1]) who were responsible for planning the company’s presentation at last week’s Norwegian Developers Conference in Oslo thought they were booking an act for a frat party and not a corporate conference. Or perhaps they simply didn’t review the lyrics from the controversial number prior to them being flashed upon video screens. Regardless how it happened, a skit featuring dancing girls and crude song lyrics occurred at the event, and a video of the performance went viral.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, the event has received more attention for the “Azure Girls” than it has for its cloud computing platform — the intended highlight of the conference. The song’s lyrics — which included the words “MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis” — were part of the show.

One attendee tweeted, “For those not here, we had flashing disco lights, bad lyrics about penis, disco beats and dancing azure girls, so cringeworthy,” NewsCore[2] reported.

A video of the performance was quickly posted on YouTube[3], which swayed Microsoft into making a speedy apology.

“This week’s Norwegian Developer’s Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language. We apologize to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter,” Microsoft wrote.

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