microsoft “training” videos leaked

August 30, 2006

Yahoo! News reports that a pair of internal Microsoft videos created in 2004 to encourage employees “to think about the values they attach to working at Microsoft” and starring British comedian Ricky Gervais have surfaced in recent days on video-sharing sites YouTube and Google Video. Though they have since been removed from YouTube at the Redmond company’s request, they remain accessible on Google Video and the article reports that Microsoft has “declined to say” if it has asked that they be removed from that site as well.

In any case, the videos feature Gervais playing his uncomfortably funny boss character from his hit sitcom The Office, to predictably hilarious results. The first of the videos is viewable below, and the second can be accessed here. As a huge fan of the show, I find this to be really quite a treat. Enjoy!

–D. S. W.

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