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April 17, 2008

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Office Training Again

Microsoft's spoof video of their own marketing, formatted as "Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band," has been making the rounds, giving people an excuse once again to mock the company (John Gruber: "It epitomizes Microsoft's culture and institutional bad taste") by entirely missing the point. But the best Microsoft internal videos are still these British Office spinoffs, which make Gervais' David Brent a "management consultant" after his disastrous Wernham-Hogg career.

There's two more clips here and here.

August 22, 2006

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Office Training

The UK office for Microsoft has commissioned training videos starring David Brent. Unlike the AV Club Hater, who writes "I don't really know what these videos are supposed to train you for, other than comedy," I think these are brilliant training tools because Brent is such a blatantly horrible person. The method is simply to point out a "Microsoft Value," let him riff off on some hilariously wrong direction, and let the contrast illustrate the point for you. It's perfect for a software company, because it's a little dorky and quoteable, but it doesn't beat the viewer over the head with the obvious point.

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