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BBC News: Microsoft unhappy at Gervais leak

“Software giant Microsoft has said it is investigating how and why internal training videos made by The Office star Ricky Gervais surfaced on two websites. The two light-hearted 20-minute films, called The Office Values and Realising Potential, were commissioned in 2004. But these ‘were never intended to be viewed by the public’, a corporation spokeswoman told Reuters news agency. She would not say why Microsoft opposed their appearance on YouTube, from which they have now been removed, and Google.


Gervais plays David Brent, his character from The Office, in the two films. His co-writer Stephen Merchant acts as a Microsoft employee, and the pair discuss supposed “values” in the workplace, such as using the available facilities to find other jobs and how to balance sex and work. They also poke fun at computer geeks and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. They were ‘a light-hearted way of getting our staff to think about the values they attach to working at Microsoft’, the spokeswoman said.”

A totally brilliant look at office spaces and organisational cultures:

Video 1 – The Office Values (Google video)
Video 2 – Realising Potential (Google video)

One Comment

  1. Thivai Abhor wrote:

    I would like to extend an invitation to you to join in on a collective blogging section of our upcoming winter issue of Reconstruction

    Here is the original call:

    Theories/Practices of Blogging

    Our intent in this section of the issue will be to collect a wide range of bloggers and link up to their statements in regards to why they blog (something many of us are asked) and any statement they have on the theories/practices of blogging.

    If you already have a post on this you can feel free to use it, or, if you are interested, you can submit a new one.

    We will link to each statement from the issue at our site, with the intent of creating a hyperlinked list of statements on blogging that can serve as an introduction to blogging (or an expansion of knowledge for those already blogging).

    If you are interested please contact me at mdbento @

    Monday, September 4, 2006 at 23:38 | Permalink