Microsoft once again goes on the offensive against getting Scroogled

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.



source: Microsoft

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22 Comments

1. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Nice, I like!

2. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

What's Outlook? :o :P

3. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

4. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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?

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 .

5. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 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

6. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 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

7. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Show us on the doll where Google touched you.

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

21. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

11. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

youtube

10. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

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

12. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

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

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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).

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

19. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 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.... :/

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

22. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

God bless Adblock.

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