Internal Microsoft Scroogled video leaked, takes a few stabs at Chrome

Yesterday Google made a big deal about their Chrome browser becoming really popular and they released a new ad with some dramatic music in order to celebrate their achievements. 

Well now a parody of that video has surfaced, and it's a pretty good one. It makes fun of how Google is using Chrome to gather as much data as it can about its users in order to monetize it and serve folks with ads. The same background music is used here and it fits perfectly with the much more ominous message that the parody video conveys.

The whole thing ends with the "Don't get Scroogled" moniker which has led many folks to believe that this was made by Microsoft in their typical anti-Google fashion, but that hasn't been confirmed.

And though folks might say that this is negative and is in no way driving the conversation forward we can't help but smile at the nugget of truth that this video conveys.

And incase some of you missed the original ad you can take a look at it below.

Via: WinSuperSite

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I used to revel in Microsoft's drain-circling, as they've done oh so much to deserve it, but this is just getting sad.

Also, are we really supposed to believe that something like this was meant to stay "internal"?

I usually avoid posting in forums - it's a waste of time. However this one time I decided to make an exception. The reason is that I feel sorry for you and I want to help you, to make you think, to make you see beyound your small world. I don't expect anything in return, I do it only because I know what does it feel like. I was one of you few years ago and I wish that somebody helped me back then. I was blind, but now I see.

Here are some facts to show you what kind of Microsoft fan I was:
- When Apple introduced iPhone I was telling my friends "Wait only to see what superior smartphone will Microsoft create in a year from now.", until I didn't see Microsoft's take at smartphones and bought an Android one. (In case someone forgot: https://www.google.com/search?q=microsoft+kin&tbm=isch)
- When Google released Chrome I was telling my friends "Chrome sucks, it's a Google's trojan horse and it's only purpose is to spy on you, IE is better." And I used IE and a Firefox customized with a Chrome theme for some time.. until I started with the web development.
- When I started with web development I was telling "Microsoft's ASP.NET products are the best, RoR and the other alternatives are crappy." Well, at least until found myself so many times spending days on making something work with IIS and had to make workarounds for many things, because they were available only on the newer versions on IIS.

While I still like a lot of things created by Microsoft, e.g. C#, ASP.NET MVC, Windows 7, I'm already moving away from its products gradually. The reasons are many, but among them are disappointment and frustration with Microsoft's way of doing things, as well as finding out that the alternatives are much better than I thought. For a lot of time I was wondering why so many smart people moved away from Microsoft in the past years. It can be summarized by the following quote by Jeff Atwood: "Free at last, free at least, thank God almighty I'm free at last!" (http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2013/03/why-ruby.html) And it feels great - to be able to create, and not only to fight against all the problems that the inferior Microsoft products are throwing at you. To be able to reuse and contribute to great projects, instead of reinventing the wheel because you're out of options, or because the projects you can use are either too expensive or dead because of the lack of interest and contributions.

It it was up to Microsoft and they weren't pushed by the competition:
- your smartphone would look like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=microsoft+kin&tbm=isch
- the web pages would look like this: http://i.imgur.com/23KbhPU.jpg
- and the tablets would look like this: http://i.imgur.com/fwd43Da.jpg
- your search results will be that useful: http://i.imgur.com/FJyRPnD.jpg

And what's the reason? It's that Microsoft doesn't care about you, Microsoft's only goal is to delude you that competitors' products are inferior, so that you bear with its own crappy products. And not only bear with them but also pay for their inferiority, either with your money or with your time. Let's face it - Microsoft is not innovating, they are not good even at coping other's ideas, but Microsoft is great at bad publicity and at milking the customers.

And why is Google Chrome so popular? IMHO because Google created an amazing user experience. And the Microsoft way - instead of creating a better user experince and investing in usability research, they spent millions on advertising campaings against Google. Microsoft's way is wrong and it's no surprise that they're in a catching-up position in web and mobile. And I don't believe that this will change until they change their attitude. I don't believe in Microsoft anymore.

In conclusion - haters gonna hate, creators gonna create - ask yourself to which group do you belong...

This post is like an essay... But to point out something that I have noticed in ur post... The four images you have posted are of things which are no more. Moreover, except the search image, all other devices only perhaps show a lack of good designers in its fold previously and not necessarily a lack of intent to design good consumer products. Their enterprise products still do not have much of a competition and that is not stopping them from improving them. They did not innovate on the design front of their office suite because of competition since office products never really had any serious competition. If you are thinking Microsoft is always trying to delude you to think other products are inferior then you should understand that almost all companies do this... Apple would be a prime example with their I'm a Mac ads. I have never had any problem with how MS markets its products. As a potential buyer, its upto us to go with what we want we want to go with. Also this parody video, except the part where money flows out of the users pocket (no idea how they reached this conclusion), is actually true. MS consciously decided to track usage and its not a technical inability.

Yawn

And people had bad comments about Larry Page saying "don't be negative". MS is full of negativity.

I miss the days when products were marketed on what they can do.

techbeck said,
Yawn

And people had bad comments about Larry Page saying "don't be negative". MS is full of negativity.

I miss the days when products were marketed on what they can do.

"don't be negative" but when someone uses their "open" products it makes him "sad" and for others he sends cease and desist. What a hypocrite.

ilovetech said,

"don't be negative" but when someone uses their "open" products it makes him "sad" and for others he sends cease and desist. What a hypocrite.

Both companies are hypocrites. MS says they want to and try to work with Google and all they do is take every change they can to attack them. Little kids going back and forth.

Edited by techbeck, May 16 2013, 5:16pm :

techbeck said,

Both companies are hypocrites.

Google is specifically targeting WP just to make sure it do not succeed at all. This is not fair at all when you have monopoly over online Video empire. MS needs to pay fine at anti-trust while Google gets away so easily. It is true that Google makes money out of my digital life and I do not trust them with any of my contents.

ilovetech said,

Google is specifically targeting WP just to make sure it do not succeed at all. This is not fair at all when you have monopoly over online Video empire. MS needs to pay fine at anti-trust while Google gets away so easily. It is true that Google makes money out of my digital life and I do not trust them with any of my contents.

Monopolies are not illegal and different from antitrust. And I dont trust anyone with my personal content.

techbeck said,

Monopolies are not illegal and different from antitrust. And I dont trust anyone with my personal content.


Explain why MS have to pay fine for including IE in their own product and why WP users can't have YouTube. What would Google do "if" MS decides to kill chrome in windows. As Google have right to decide where their service can be used so as MS has the right as what they ship or allow in their products.

ilovetech said,

Explain why MS have to pay fine for including IE in their own product and why WP users can't have YouTube. What would Google do "if" MS decides to kill chrome in windows. As Google have right to decide where their service can be used so as MS has the right as what they ship or allow in their products.

Completely different and has been discussed on Neowin many times. Do your own research if you dont know by now.

And if MS blocked Chrome, that will not go over well with the UK.

I have to admit this ad was really well-made... very bold and effective! The music, the straight to the point words and actions, the slight humour (e.g. the washroom stall and bouncing off people's heads lol). Also, it's not promoting their own product, but an awareness campaign for protecting consumer privacy. Really well done. They should release this

I'm getting tired of these ads >.>
They're ridiculous, google only might be using your details to improve search results and for making adds that you find more interesting, it;s a good thing to be honest atleats now I don't get ads about stuff that doesn't interest me at all.

And google on the other hand doesn't give microsoft acces to their api simply because microsoft does the same, they're not allowing to make any custom browsers for their windows 8 metro UI* and for their windows phone**.

*Yes chrome is there for the metro ui but only for intel processors and not for arm since microsoft doesn't allow that.
**The only custom browsers for windows phone are just the stock IE9 browser with a skin, same engine under the hood So same story as iOS.


So they're both at fault and it's getting me sometimes very tired sigh...

Though microsoft has gone too far in my opinion with these ridiculous ads, it's not just competition anymore but dirtying each others name instead which is ridiculous and disadvantageous for the consumers

Funny but misleading, especially the part where it is taking money from the guy. The great thing about Google is that almost everything is free. Yes you will give up some privacy if you use there products, but it doesn't cost you anything or hurt you at all, and if you are competent enough to set your privacy settings even that isn't much of an issue. Plus set up an adblocker and and you don't ever have to see those ads so who cares.

Microsoft collects all the same info, they just cant figure out how to use it, which is why Google consistently returns better results that Bing

Not true. Microsoft does not "track" by default, so they can't use your previous searches to return similar results like in Google. I guess it's a decision more than a failure on Microsoft's part.

IE needs to be more minimalistic. I never understood the huge back button wich they cut at the bottom. It's ugly and it's just to big! Second, they really need to add plugin-support like Chrome or Firefox. And then there is the page rendering. IE10 is much better, I agree, but Chrome seems just faster/better on many occasions.

I think the biggest problem for Microsoft to really make progress is the BW-compatibility. I think they would be wise to offer Business IE and a new fresh IE for common people with cutting edge technology.

Everyone in this thread has a Facebook account, Everyone in this thread has purchased something online. Everyone has a gmail account. It's not like they're TAKING anything from us. We're STUPID enough to GIVE it up to them..end of discussion.

I got facebook I'll give you that (Which barely has any info what so ever, only my home town also not visible for search engines). Use my own mail servers and pay online with temporary credit cards.

No, thx god i dont have the crap FB acct.

No, i dont have the crap gmail acct.

and NO, its not the end of discussion.

g00gle sux hard, that's the deal

The guy running away with money flying out of his pocket was pretty funny. The restroom stall portion as well. Well done.

Yeah it's pretty much true google does this, but facebook does too, and microsoft owns a portion of facebook and they don't seem to object to them doing it? Also, as much as I like MS for trying to protect people by having DNT on by default, it's backfired and everywhere is ignoring IE strings so I don't think using IE is much better than using chrome or a fork of it.

In the grand scheme of things they invested a tiny fraction for the total net worth of the company, only about $250 million I think.

This was my thought, facebook are worse for jamming ads in your face than google, at least google don't fill your gmail with fake email ads like facebook do to your news feed.

onionjuice said,
Maybe people would actually use IE if it was half as good as Firefox or Chrome. I smell jealousy.

Personally I think Chrome sucks. That's the thing it's a choice. I love Firefox for the add-ons but it's a memory whore. I don't have a problem with IE9 or IE10. With tracking protection on most ads are blocked and that's really my most important add-on in FF.

Cyborg_X said,

Personally I think Chrome sucks. That's the thing it's a choice. I love Firefox for the add-ons but it's a memory whore. I don't have a problem with IE9 or IE10. With tracking protection on most ads are blocked and that's really my most important add-on in FF.

Yes not everyone will like Chrome, but if you look at the number of people that have switched away from Internet explorer it shows that there's something wrong with IE because it comes pre-loaded with Windows, yet it only holds a 50% browser market-share (something like 50% the last time I looked).

So its pretty sad to see Microsoft making these commercials when IE is garbage. People hated Apple for making the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC ads" (even though they were fun to watch). Microsoft is taking an example from Apple on this one it seems.

eddman said,

Care to elaborate?

My opinion and the reason why 50% of people don't use Internet Explorer.
Any other reason why people switch away from IE?

onionjuice said,

My opinion and the reason why 50% of people don't use Internet Explorer.
Any other reason why people switch away from IE?

Aha, your opinion then. So you're saying not a single thing is wrong with IE and you simply choose to call it garbage. Ok, got it now. That's some sound logic right there.

P.S. Same goes for anyone who hate things for no reason.

onionjuice said,
when IE is garbage.

IE10 is the fastest browser on Windows, period.
Chrome is good too but not as fast as IE10. In any case the perf. difference is so small that you won't notice it in everyday usage.
In the end, it's your opinion and choice as to what you like more but please stop spreading FUD.

onionjuice said,
Maybe people would actually use IE if it was half as good as Firefox or Chrome. I smell jealousy.

Microsoft Must adopt Webkit. That's all. Still Keep IE for enterprise users. Chrome's success is based on the top of webkit. Google doesn't have magical wand to make it so popular. personally I use it because Webkit is powerful and fast but You should always be logged in to google account which is so creepy and if you don't It will crash all the times. I screwed google and used a fake ID for using in chrome.

Check NetApplications lately? IE is crushing Chrome. Chrome is going to fall into single digit share soon. Trends aren't good for Chrome.

S3P€hR said,

Microsoft Must adopt Webkit. That's all. Still Keep IE for enterprise users. Chrome's success is based on the top of webkit. Google doesn't have magical wand to make it so popular. personally I use it because Webkit is powerful and fast but You should always be logged in to google account which is so creepy and if you don't It will crash all the times. I screwed google and used a fake ID for using in chrome.

Actually, they don't. What's wrong with having multiple rendering engines? Plus, Google is switching from Webkit to their own engine, which IIRC is called Blink.

S3P€hR said,

Microsoft Must adopt Webkit. That's all. Still Keep IE for enterprise users. Chrome's success is based on the top of webkit. .

You are perfectly wrong! WebKit went good after Google took it. But just if Apple wouldn't be Apple - distinctive and selfish. So they had to keep last word in development of WebKit. That's why Google is shifting slowly to Blink. Take a look at Canary builds.

IE10 is ridiculously faster than Chrome or any other browser. It's because of his amazing JavaScript engine. IE needs just to polish a bit render, html 5 and css support and will be best browser out there. I honestly expect that for IE11.

Cyborg_X said,
I love Firefox for the add-ons but it's a memory whore.
It was. Firefox improved a lot in last 6 months. And based on new Nightly build it will improve a lot more in future.

S3P€hR said,

Microsoft Must adopt Webkit.

Google is branching off of WebKit, which doesn't really provide a lot of incentive to move to web kit.

onionjuice said,
Maybe people would actually use IE if it was half as good as Firefox or Chrome. I smell jealousy.

Sounds you haven't used IE10 on windows 8 recently. It's faster than chrome. Note that I used to use firefox predominantly in my win7 days with chrome as my secondary. now I use IE10 as my main and firefox as my secondary.

Vladimir Krstic said,

It was. Firefox improved a lot in last 6 months. And based on new Nightly build it will improve a lot more in future.

Totally agree with you on Firefox. As someone who has used Chrome for years (wow time flies), I recently switched back to Firefox and am definitely loving what they've done to it, with more to come on the horizon.

kidjenius said,

Sounds you haven't used IE10 on windows 8 recently. It's faster than chrome. Note that I used to use firefox predominantly in my win7 days with chrome as my secondary. now I use IE10 as my main and firefox as my secondary.


Actually which one is really faster? I seen benchmarks. Some Chrome excel in and some IE10 excel it.

tanjiajun_34 said,

Actually which one is really faster? I seen benchmarks. Some Chrome excel in and some IE10 excel it.

Most benchmarks are meaningless. Use both browsers for your usual websites and check for yourself. For me, Chrome has no speed advantage over IE/Firefox and IE is noticeably faster to start and loads *some* websites faster.