Microsoft vs. Google in privacy and email.
In the past week, Microsoft has revved up its attack on Google by bringing back their "Gmail Man" videos. It is just one more attempt by Microsoft to stop the trend of MSN and Hotmail users from jumping ship and turning to Google products like Gmail, Chrome and Google +. These senseless attacks have many people in the tech industry wondering if Microsoft is heading in the right direction.
The "Gmail Man" videos were originally released this past summer and were aired at Microsoft's internal Global Exchange sales conference. The videos feature a mail carrier dressed in what appears to be a Google uniform. The letter carrier rifles through the stack of mail and even goes so far as to open all of the letters and read them, looking for keywords. At the end of the video, Microsoft asks if you can trust this man to deliver your mail.
The video was not initially intended to be released. After it was shown at the sales conference, it was leaked and many people saw it. Because it was unofficial, Microsoft was able to claim that the video was created in good fun with the intent of encouraging their employees. Now, however, Microsoft has posted the video on the company's official YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.
So far, Google has been fairly quiet about the attacks. Although they have argued their case on their official Google blog, they haven't stooped to any serious mud slinging at Microsoft. However, they did call out Microsoft on their fear-based advertising campaign. Google made a point to note that they don't make judgements about any other company or any company's policies, however they did say that Microsoft doesn't offer any data liberation or dashboard services that allow users to see what personal information they have given Microsoft.
What do you think about all of this mud slinging? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
By Melissa Kennedy- Melissa is a 9 year blog veteran and a freelance writer for TechCareersBlog and Nexxt. Along with helping others find the job of their dreams, she enjoys computer geekery, raising a teenager, supporting her local library, writing about herself in the third person and working on her next novel.