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Chief meter maid hits back at Microsoft

Photo: Twitter: @themolk, @bradenmannin The meter maids at the Microsoft TechEd conference on the Gold Coast.
The chief meter maid, Roberta Aitchison, has accused Microsoft of telling fibs over a promotional stunt that went awry at its TechEd conference on the Gold Coast. After a number of the 2700 IT workers attending the conference complained that the presence of scantily clad meter maids objectified women, Microsoft apologised for any offense caused and said it was “unaware of their exact costuming until the day of the event, at which time it was too late to be addressed”. “We provided a little bit of glamour to an event that otherwise would’ve been pretty boring.”

Some attendees thought the stunt was odd considering Microsoft has a strong track record of encouraging women to enter IT and a key session at the conference was devoted to “women in IT”. “The meter maids are an icon of Surfer’s Paradise and I believe Microsoft knew what they were doing. Microsoft says 40 per cent of its senior leadership team are women. “They came back to me by email stating which garments they would like the girls to be wearing.”

Asked to respond, Microsoft said: “We do stand behind our first statement, however, it’s our show, we take full responsibility, and it was the wrong choice.”

While some attendees of the conference – including Microsoft’s own evangelists and its managing director, Tracey Fellows – said the meter maid stunt was poor form, Aitchison said she could not see what all the fuss was about. Meter maids have been Gold Coast fixtures for decades and mayor Ron Clarke, an ardent supporter, earlier this year made them official ambassadors for Surfer’s Paradise. It would be a very small minority of women I would say that had anything negative to say, because my girls are so polite and attentive towards the females. At the recent CeBIT IT trade show in May, organiser Hannover Fairs said it would monitor the attire of its “booth babes” in future following complaints of an overload of scantily clad promotional women. Promotional girls, often dubbed “booth babes”, have long been regulars at conferences attended by throngs of males – usually technology or motoring shows. “The garments were chosen specifically by them over a period of 2-3 weeks of them looking at photographs of the girls,” she said. Clarke said it was “not appropriate” for him to comment on the issue as it was “a matter between the two private parties”. “The girls handle themselves very professionally at these functions and this is the Gold Coast; they [Microsoft] obviously wanted to portray what we’re all about which is sun, surf and a great time,” she said. But more recently they have started to draw criticism from those who believe the trend objectifies women. But in a phone interview today Aitchison said Microsoft was well aware of the attire and in fact the company’s events team had chosen it themselves.

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Additionally, he pointed out that the upcoming project will run on existing consoles and is built on the same engine that powered Oblivion and Fallout 3. Hopefully, Mr. The new stuff is an even bigger jump from that,” he said. It started with Morrowind, we went to Oblivion, we did a lot between Oblivion and Fallout 3 because now we had final hardware — with Oblivion we had six months on final hardware, so Fallout 3 technically does a lot more than Oblivion. Howard knows that disappointment will be harder to avoid if that announcement turns out to be anything but Elder Scrolls V. But executive producer Todd Howard finally shared some info about the forthcoming project at this year’s QuakeCon, telling Eurogamer that it’s “pretty far along. “That’s our starting point — the Fallout 3 tech. After two years of silence, Bethesda is very used to deflecting questions about its next, still unannounced game. He wouldn’t get too specific on when we’d hear more, saying he didn’t want to disappoint people by announcing an …

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