Microsoft's marketing brain trust continues to look like a 40 year old with a combover trying to look cool at a high school dance.
C'mon Microsoft. You're not selling tupperware or cosmetics. Most sane people aren't going to celebrate a software release that they weren't directly involved in by inviting friends over and playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Even if you do manage to bribe some people with a free copy of Windows 7 and a chance at fabulous cash and prizes… well, the parties aren't going to look anything like this:
Sheesh. How can a company with so much money and so many smart people working there keep coming up with consistently moronic ideas?
That picture and the advertisement it's part of is a beautiful demonstration of what Jeff Atwood recently blogged about.