Microsoft Accuses Google of “Moonlighting” In New YouTube Video
By on February 22nd, 2012

Microsoft has recently been heavily raging on Google, accusing the search giant of circumventing privacy settings on Internet Explorer and Safari. This isn’t new, however; Microsoft is notorious for quickly jumping and attacking Google, namely for privacy violations. Remember the infamous Gmail Man video that Microsoft created last July for fun? Well, they have created a similar video.

“Googlighting”, released on Monday, is about how Google is a search and productivity company “moonlighting” as a cloud productivity software company. Accusing Google of making rapid changes (and possibly rapid product discontinuation) — “…different, better, or completely gone…” — the video is quite sensationalist. However, is that not the point? It’s an exaggeration of a valid point; if we follow the money, most of Google’s income is from advertising revenue anyways, so they are moonlighting as a technology company. This is the primary, underlying message of the video: Google isn’t really a “technology” company.

While the video does suffer from the type of cheesiness that Microsoft is the master of executing, it’s still a lighthearted, humorous dig at the things that Google is frequently attacked for. If YouTube and blog comments are any indication of public reception though, people are taking away a more negative vibe from the video.

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Author: Paul Paliath Google Profile for Paul Paliath
I founded and regularly wrote blog posts on GeekSmack from 2008 until 2011, when I failed at running a blog. I now write about Microsoft for Techie-Buzz. When not writing blog posts, I'm usually found designing websites and learning how to code. You should follow me on Twitter here.

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