Microsoft suggests Google is "a corporation not wearing deodorant"

Microsoft has been making a lot of noise lately with its efforts to slam Google and its products such as the Rob Schneider Google Docs commercials to its various Scroogled ads. On Wednesday, Microsoft's Senior Director for its Bing division, Stefan Weitz, wrote a long blog post that once again brings up the company's concerns about Google not doing enough to protect the privacy of its users.

Weitz's post reflected on what Google revealed during its Google I/O developer conference last week, expressing his belief that the event showed the company's true colors of finding new ways to make money off the data of their users. He writes:

They will be paying more attention to your location, analyzing your photos and turning them into animated gifs and they’d like some credit for their innovations while rarely mentioning that all this personal data collection gives them more opportunities to show you ads.

Weitz also talks about how most people don't know how Google uses the information gathered from its customers, and even offers an infographic, shown below, to illustrate the differences between Bing and Google in that area. One of the differences is that IP addresses collected with Bing are deleted after six months, according to Microsoft, but Google keeps part of that IP information for 18 months.

Weitz says that when people are made aware of Google's privacy practices, they generally don't like it. For example, a study conducted by GFK Roper that was commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of people were not aware that Gmail "reads" the emails of its users in order to help generate better targeted ads. The survey also indicated that nine out of 10 people wanted this "feature" of Gmail to be shut down.

At one point in the blog, Weitz uses an interesting metaphor to describe Google:

You know, for some folks – the bargain they strike with Google is fine. Just like personal space in an elevator, people have varying degrees of tolerance for how close another person gets to them, and varying degrees of comfort when that person is actually a corporation not wearing deodorant.

Wow. The senior director of Bing basically says that Google stinks. That's pretty hardcore.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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its going to be hilarious when one day google gets hacked,and the massive databases with all the information mined about every single one of you google lovers gets leaked. then ironically when your name is searched with google, we will find all the embarrassing search queries and youtube videos you've made.

WAR MICROSOFT

Desperation is a stinky cologne MS. It is painfully obvious that you cannot sell your products on what they can do so every other day, you release a new advert like this. The XBOX One can monitor you but hey, thats ok it is MS and they will in no way us this maliciously.../s

And a little off topic, MS claims they are for stoping piracy as well...then they release an app, YouTube, with the ability to download/steal works from people.

Dont be fooled by their good guy approach. MS is like any other corporation out there. Want to be protected, make sure you take your own steps to do so.

techbeck said,
Desperation is a stinky cologne MS. It is painfully obvious that you cannot sell your products on what they can do so every other day, you release a new advert like this. The XBOX One can monitor you but hey, thats ok it is MS and they will in no way us this maliciously.../s

And a little off topic, MS claims they are for stoping piracy as well...then they release an app, YouTube, with the ability to download/steal works from people.

Dont be fooled by their good guy approach. MS is like any other corporation out there. Want to be protected, make sure you take your own steps to do so.

When in doubt Techbeck saves the day /s

techbeck said,

How immature. But I expect these kind of posts from lots here.

It's funny. Just like the title of this article and the video ad Microsoft made attacking Apple

In fact if Google or Apple did the same thing, it wouldn't stop me from pointing and laughing either.

insanelyapple said,
MS isn't better at all - when i'm signed into Skype, it also signs me into Bing search in IE.

Really?, what i really hate of gmail is how it also signs for Google search.

Pluto is a Planet said,
That doesn't happen to me, what the heck did you do to your Skype?

Nothing at all; got installer from neowin, IE10 from MS site. I think it's because i'm using Live account to sign into Skype, which is probably based on some html login screen. Cookies are staying in IE and thus, i'm signed also into Bing.

And yes Brony, Google is having same problem with singing into their other services while you are using just GMail (for example). As far as i remember EU asked Google for separate/change into modules each services so users can choose which ones they want.

I prefer Google for Android, search, maps, translate, YouTube, etc. and Microsoft for Windows, Office and email.

Interesting comparison, since deodorant isn't a solution to the problem, rather a mask to cover the smell.

So what they're saying is that people are uncomfortable about getting close to a company that smells, but much more comfortable getting close to a company that smells just as much, but masks that smell with a façade that's more pleasing to the senses?

Majesticmerc said,
Interesting comparison, since deodorant isn't a solution to the problem, rather a mask to cover the smell.

So what they're saying is that people are uncomfortable about getting close to a company that smells, but much more comfortable getting close to a company that smells just as much, but masks that smell with a façade that's more pleasing to the senses?

So they're pretty much talking about themselves then.

Google searches your facebook profile and uses your login to bypass your security settings? Interesting accusation.

I didn't even know Google had that kind of integration.

A bit rich from a company that just announced a console that has a camera on it that monitors you even when it's "off". Nice try MS, but you're fooling nobody

Xerxes said,
A bit rich from a company that just announced a console that has a camera on it that monitors you even when it's "off". Nice try MS, but you're fooling nobody

It does not send monitored data to MS. Make a valid point next time.

Crimson Rain said,

It does not send monitored data to MS. Make a valid point next time.

No, but they're allowed to.

Microsoft's campaign doesn't reflect reality either, they simply make the worst possible technically correct association they can to Google.

This ad is a prime example, they don't technically state that Google is doing anything but keeping locationally accurate information for a longer period of time, though they hope people infer much more by the poster.

Crimson Rain said,

It does not send monitored data to MS. Make a valid point next time.

Well unless you're privy to the inner workings of Kinect 2.0, nobody knows if it does or not. It still valid point and still a breach of privacy.

Xerxes said,

Well unless you're privy to the inner workings of Kinect 2.0, nobody knows if it does or not. It still valid point and still a breach of privacy.


Anyone can inspect the packets going thru the router and some people will.

Xerxes said,
Well unless you're privy to the inner workings of Kinect 2.0, nobody knows if it does or not. It still valid point and still a breach of privacy.
I would be reasonably confident that Microsoft would not release a product that is both massively illegal and likely to kill their reputation, possibly fatally, if they were caught (which they would be).
You really need to take the tin-foil hat off.

mog0 said,
I would be reasonably confident that Microsoft would not release a product that is both massively illegal and likely to kill their reputation, possibly fatally, if they were caught (which they would be).
You really need to take the tin-foil hat off.

What tin foil hat? sheesh I'm insulted by that accusation. My point I'm trying to make is MS are no less evil then Google, at the end of the day they are all business out to make money. What is best for the customer is not always best for the bottom line.

mog0 said,
I would be reasonably confident that Microsoft would not release a product that is both massively illegal and likely to kill their reputation, possibly fatally, if they were caught (which they would be).
You really need to take the tin-foil hat off.

Well Google is apparently willing to kill their reputation (If you believe Microsoft anyway), so why not Microsoft?

mog0 said,
I would be reasonably confident that Microsoft would not release a product that is both massively illegal and likely to kill their reputation, possibly fatally, if they were caught (which they would be).
You really need to take the tin-foil hat off.

Maybe not illegal...but they have released products that really hurt their reputation.