Microsoft has apologized to any attendees at its Tech.Ed conference on the Gold Coast who were scandalized by its use of Meter Maid models as promotional assistants, explaining that it didn't know the women would turn up wearing bikinis.
"The Australian Tech.Ed team would like to sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the promotional staff who were manning the remote controlled car exhibit at the Tech.Ed welcome reception," the software giant said in a statement this afternoon. "We were unaware of their exact costuming until the day of the event, at which time it was too late to be addressed."
The Meter Maids attended the Tech.Ed launch last night and were initially welcomed by the predominantly male audience — 2700 members of the Microsoft eco-system in Australia. They dressed in their traditional gold bikinis that have been seen on the Gold Coast for decades.