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Microsoft once again goes on the offensive against getting Scroogled

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Microsoft once again goes on the offensive against getting Scroogled
Microsoft has launched its most recent attack against getting Scroogled. No, this has nothing to do with that filthy rich Duck from Disney lore who jumps into all of his money that he collects inside a vault. That's Scrooge McDuck and besides, the origin of the Scrooge name goes back to Charles Dickens.

Scroogled is an entirely different matter and basically had to do with users of Google getting paid advertisements in their search results. Microsoft, of course, suggests that those needing a search engine use Bing. Now, Microsoft is on the attack against Google's recent decision to post ads in your Gmail in-box.

Microsoft's Scroogled website presents a video showing how Google scroogles you. It also posts a definition of "Scroogled" and uses it in a sentence: "Google put spam ads in my Gmail inbox that look like regular email—I'm Scroogled!" If it bothers you that Google goes through your emails looking for key words, there is a way to eliminate all of the spam. Simply go to the settings, click on the in-box tab, and uncheck the promotions box.  Microsoft has an easier idea. Simply open an Outlook account. As Microsoft makes it clear, Outlook doesn't send you spam disguised as email.



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posted on 10 Aug 2013, 19:47 3

1. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Nice, I like!

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 19:51 12

2. aditya.k (Posts: 412; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


What's Outlook? :o :P

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 19:55 5

3. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


So? It doesn't bother me. I use Outlook (Not cause of "Scroogled") but I get my Gmail from there and I don't care, I just delete it. What bugs me is IE, I have to see those hideous ads and it slows down IE's smooth performance. I just hope Google can animate scrolling better.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 20:19 7

4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


And yet none of these lame ads are having any noticeable impact on Google, nice job on wasting money, MS.

And MS, here's a tip: why don't you just send any email with "enlargement pills" or similar spam content straight to junk mail instead of hitting my inbox with Spam Fighter emails. Do they honestly think there's people out there who are going to say no, it's not junk, please deliver all that to my inbox?

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 21:46 6

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The scroogled ads make me wonder if things aren't getting a bit on the desperate side at MS. They seem to have made a perfect clusterf*ck of RT. They really only have BB's cratering to thank for gaining third place in market share in the mobile space.

I thought the comparo between Bing results (visual formatting) vs. Google results was taking the high road. The scroogled concept just seems so... desperate.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:02 4

17. jroc74 (Posts: 4084; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. I use outlook.com and for some reason the spam filter seems to work less now.

But hey MS, thanks for continuing to throw mud at Google, Gmail. Keep up the good work.

And never mind that even with outlook.com and the updated ads being less intrusive, its still slower than Gmail, that MS claims to be the ad/spam ridden .

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 20:22 10

5. sinple (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


after years of using gmail, I have learnt to unconsciously filter away ads in gmail. I don even recall where the ads are placed in gmail

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 21:17

6. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


but its true

and people are accustomed to it

nothing is free and you have to sacrifice some personal information so that google can get ad money

tit for tat

most people dont care

google can do no wrong

it is MS that has the backdoor to NSA

who cares if google datamines to death and sell your personal information to private companies

google is good

google is god

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 21:35 7

7. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Show us on the doll where Google touched you.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 22:14 7

9. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


ROTFLMAO!!! Why is it such a sin to like Google?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 00:41

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, Googler previously posted a comment in support of Google.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 11:36 1

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


My question was really in general. Gazmatic sounds like he/she has a real loathing for Google. That may not be the case, but that's what it looks like be reading that post.

Googler just earned comment of the week!

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 22:38

11. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


youtube

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 22:38 1

10. milesboy5 (Posts: 126; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


You don't think Google has a backdoor either...very naive of you.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 22:56

12. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


what...the...f*ck?

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 23:04

13. networkdood (Posts: 5618; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Umm, you can block ads using Google chrome, while IE is a resource hog. Why would anyone trust MS?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 00:44 4

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


While I recall something like this popping up in my inbox a while ago, I shrugged, ignored it, and now my inbox is devoid of any such ads. I don't have Adblocker installed either.

And I'll take Gmail, which didn't even get hacked when some asshole in Russia tried it, over Hotmail/Outlook, which DID get hacked and resulted in one of my secondary Facebook accounts spamming my friends in chat (it was linked to Windows Messenger).

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 02:54 1

16. jroc74 (Posts: 4084; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"If it bothers you that Google goes through your emails looking for key words, there is a way to eliminate all of the spam. Simply go to the settings, click on the in-box tab, and uncheck the promotions box."

And this is from the article....it would be nice if MS would inform folks the same way instead of using FUD... If you also click on the lil i next to the ad....there is info on how to block the advertiser permanently...

And checking GMail now.....its a separate tab labeled...Promotions....and when you hover your mouse over the tab...it says...Deals, Offers, and other marketing emails....Seems MS is going after the lowest common denominator of the general public with Scroogled. Ppl that take whatever is spoon fed to them as gospel...

Stay classy MS, stay classy.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:08 1

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4084; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Btw MS, it doesnt look like a regular email. Its highlighted yellow, and has the word ad in the sender line with a highlighted i for Info about what it is.

Sorta like the paid search results in Google search engine...?

Thanks for leaving all that info out tho. Appreciate it.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 03:11

19. illiad (Posts: 104; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


the only BIG mistake google makes with Gmail, is it is NOT friendly to the partially sighted... It USED to have the main commands directly visible, along with a single-click 'sign out' button..

Now it is hidden behind a tiny pulldown in the far, far upper-right of the screen, **impossible** to find if you have large text on, and your small display has scrolled, so you are only seeing the small section to the bottom left, so you can see WTH your mail is saying...

another large amount of customers lost.... :/

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:11 3

20. AfterShock (Posts: 1325; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


To me, MS does more image damage to themselves with these adds an offensives then help.

Low brow, low class.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 14:43

22. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


God bless Adblock.

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