Microsoft "moonlights" on Google Apps in parody video

Remember Moonlighting? That's the TV "dramedy" from the 1980s that launched Bruce Willis to stardom and reignited Cybill Shepard's acting career. This week, Microsoft launched a new parody video "Googlighting"," that uses the Moonlighting TV show as its basis, complete with a revamp of its theme song, to go after Google and its Google Apps online productivity software suite.

The video has a guy who looks a little like Willis' character of David Addison taking to someone who kind of looks like Shepard's character Maddie Hayes. The man, who is supposed to represent Google, is trying to sell the woman on Google Apps but the woman is hitting him with questions that poke holes in Google Apps, including its ever changing feature set, its limited use without always on Internet support and more. It even suggests that Google might even retire Google Apps at some point, much like how the company has retired a number of other services over the past year.

The video is very much like the one Microsoft launched last July against Google's Gmail. It also shows that Microsoft is not letting up in its constant attacks on Google and its services. That includes Microsoft's claims that Google goes around Internet Explorer 9's privacy systems. Google has since claimed that IE9 uses a privacy system that is not supported by a large number of web sites.

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Orange Battery said,
MS still not getting it.

indeed they are not getting it yet. but still they naked some of google's real problems

drazgoosh said,
Microsoft against Google
Samsung against Apple
Apple against Microsoft


Now we just need a Google vs Samsung case to finish the vicious circle.

satukoro said,
Now we just need a Google vs Samsung case to finish the vicious circle.

Watch north korea sue google.. it would be really awkward

I just did a reply on a thread for the ecosystem of Microsoft and Apple and expressed that I would love to have Google and Microsoft together. After looking at this video I'm a little leary now where that leaves me since the big facto with Google is they are always changing and the other factor is that you can only access their apps like Google Documents with an internet connection. I guess the only reason why I enjoy their products and apps is because they offer great cloud storage for a various range of services.

These MS vs Google posts on Neowin are getting pretty tiresome. They are not constructive and they fuel fanatical comments which we can all do without.

Some people like Google; some people like Microsoft. We get it. Now, for once, can't we all just shut up and get along?

Funny I guess but trolling in a way just because services like Wave got scrapped it doesn't mean Docs will disappear one day Especially when they number of paying customers it has is going through the roof,

Hasn't google docs offline been available for quite a while now?

*nvm, hadn't noticed what they talk about in the video.

It's kinda cheesy, but I'm liking it better than the gmailman one.

Edited by ichi, Feb 21 2012, 9:33pm :

So it was bad when Apple insults Windows, but it's ok for Windows to do the same thing to Google? It's all they seem to be doing lately...I remember when people said that Microsoft was above this kind of childish behavior..
Sure, they show a few points of why Google Apps might not be great for businesses that require stability, and products that never change (Cough XP IE6 Cough), but Microsoft doesn't make great commercials/videos...(I hate the 'Windows 7 was my idea' commercials). It was far too long...Should have gotten rid of the beginning, and gotten right to it.

Good ad that points out Google Apps shortcomings in a humorous way. I have attack ads, whether for consumer products (e.g. Mac vs. PC ads), political attack ads, or whatever, so long as the content is true (as it is in this video). Nothing wrong with pointing out your competition's flaws, and it's always better to do it in a funny way.

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