Microsoft takes down Scroogled website

Microsoft takes down Scroogled website
Even if you’re not a fan of Google or Microsoft, you’ve probably heard about the Scroogled campaign. 

Launched in 2012 by Microsoft, Scroogled criticized Google and some of its products - including Gmail, Chrome, Play Store, and Chromebooks - while presenting Microsoft products as better, safer alternatives. A Scroogled.com website, as well as a Scroogled online store (with mugs, t-shirts, and the likes) have been part of the campaign - until recently, when both have disappeared.

The Scroogled website now redirects to a Why Microsoft website, which obviously still promotes Microsoft services and devices while comparing them to Google’s (and not only), but everything’s done in a different, more mature manner.

It’s probably safe to assume that Microsoft is done with the Scroogled campaign - though that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll no longer see the company launching ads or promotions that try to make fun of Google.

If you want to check out some of Microsoft’s Scroogled ads, we have some in the slideshow below:


source: Scroogled / Why Microsoft via WinBeta

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33 Comments

1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The thing about the Scroogled campaign When you look at the facts what MS was stating was the truth. Back then I went to the website and it basically redirected to articles from the main stream media companies such as NY times and Bloomberg etc who write about Google's practices. I think a lot of Android fanboys and bloggers were offended by this. Its a benefit to the consumer to educate them. I wish more companies would call each other out its the consumers who benefits.

3. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

full windows rocks for tablets and pc's android rocks for phones apple rocks for people who like to show off .. this is an unbiased conclusion nobody is perfect , everything has its pros and cons.. buy what you like and enjoy

4. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Good, thats bettter.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Liveitup, quotes especially for you! "the FTC called out the gripers for their hypocrisy.  For example, Microsoft attacked Google’s pay-for-play shopping search engine, even though Microsoft does the same thing; " http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericgoldman/2013/01/03/the-ftc-smartly-ends-its-imprudent-google-search-antitrust-investigation/

21. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

Lol, that was such a refreshing read. TWO YEARS, and nothing. Maybe they should take a poke at MS, just for precautions.

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I bet he an other wp guys can't see that to acknowledge it. Nope, they'll sweep it under carpet an blow sunshine up never mind. We all know MS does the same, they are just not very up front about anything, never have been. Hypocritical stooges.

7. abhinav.tella unregistered

Agree with that.

29. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Post of the day. Not much more that can be added to that - we can all go home now.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think this is a great move from MS. It is better to maintain good relationship with other especially when you are very small compared to the giants. It is better to improve our own products than spending money on these kind of campaigns. So far MS marketing is kind suck. And no company is a saint. Especially Microsoft. They are as bad as Google . Google has to do some things that others don't have to because their main income is from ads. And most their products/services are top notch.

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

As if Microsoft's dirty practices are any better. You're such a delusional Microsoft fanboy.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericgoldman/2013/01/03/the-ftc-smartly-ends-its-imprudent-google-search-antitrust-investigation/ Microsoft brought forth anti trust on Google Search Ad but FTC concluded their investigation that Google is not guilty. Microsoft is changing their customers for their software and still wants a piece of Google Ad revenue. Microsoft's hypocrisy is world renown and EU said the same about Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/article/2657720/operating-systems/eu-hits-back-at-microsoft-complaints.html

17. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The thing about the Scroogled campaign is that most of what Microsoft accused Google of they were also guilty of. It was hypocritical. And it gained them nothing.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What Microsoft didn't tell everyone was that they had their own shady data collection practices. This and other attacks on Google were usually openly hypocritical, like Microsoft's demands that Google provide its apps to Windows Phone while constantly bad mouthing them and deliberately violating Google's TOS so they had to pull apps like MS's Youtube app. I'm glad they have shut this BS campaign down; it clearly didn't help their WP sales any.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

sounds like broken record syndrome

2. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

sûck it Microsoft! You will never be where Google is.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm not lenient towards any, but same thing could have been said about Android versus Symbian 5-6 years back. Who knew Android would have such an impact? As i see it, Microsoft can still improve on plenty of things with it's OS, both full PC and mainly the phone version.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No don't take it down. It was funny.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If simply because of the irony. Excluding MS Office, Microsoft doesn't have any product or service that's better than what Google offers. And even Google's alternative to Office is free and rapidly developing.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Google Docs and Slides? Lol, those are for casual users. I haves been forced to use them, and they are nothing compared to full blown office. They are actually pretty backwards when compared to office 2013. Whenever I can, I use word and PowerPoint, but many times google docs and slides don't convert them properly (but when done the other way, it has worked perfectly every time). And they only reason it is taking off is because it is free. No other reason.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Exactly. The problem is MS Office is more fo business use then anything else. For casual users (which are way more then business users) will generally prefer Google's version and its easy backing up to Google Drive. Here is UK MS Office costs a fortune for an average user if he wants to buy it. Its almost $160 that too without Outlook. Its an absolute rip-off.

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

MS, rent all of software, you'll never have it again like old days. Office 2003 is where ms screwed all users ttthat held office into rental fees.

9. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

MS has got a monstorous offering of products and services that completly make google look foolish... there's one place google has a better / more popular offering going: android phones... and anyone who's used all 3 platforms and knows something about security also knows you've got to be a straight up blinded fan boy to choose android right now.... MS has a single unified platform with seamless cloud data accross phones, PCs and Tablets.... google is 6 years from being able to even offer a PC with that type of useful application set.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"anyone who's used all 3 platforms and knows something about security also knows you've got to be a straight up blinded fan boy to choose android right now.... " lol. I've used all 3 platforms but has never occurred any malware attack on any of these. Windows PC has countless malwares and viruses so everyone who use windows is straight blind fanboy?? Nice logic.

23. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Right now, the same is occurring in android. It has so much marketshare, that people are now going after it. All the OSs with the majority marketshare get attacked very often. Just look at the stereotype macs don't get viruses. They do, just no one goes after them. Just look at the bug that was considered bigger than heartbleed that affect unix/linux/OS X. Just be careful with what you do, because there is malware on android, and just saying "I have never got any" doesn't remedy the bigger problem at play.

26. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

MS has burnt up more pcs then most landfills thanks to buggy software. Unified, how about trapped?????

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Windows 8 is terrible, it can't come anywhere close to matching the market share of Windows 7. And I credit it to really pushing people to Chrome OS because it's the smart alternative. The Windows platform is also riddled with vulnerabilities and is the most unsafe option out there. Chrome OS on the other hand is the most secure option. It boots in seconds, and is cloud based by default securing what's important to you online in case your hard drive takes a crap. Internet Explorer is so bad even Microsoft is turning their back on it. Chrome on the other hand is safe, secure, and is loaded with awesome features, from Chromecast to remote login. It's simplistic and intuitive. Skype was one of the programs that kept me from buying a Chrome Book... until I got use to Hangouts. Now I couldn't care less about Skype. Windows phone is having difficulty holding onto 2% of the global market. for every 1 phone they sell, Google sells 40+ Android phones. Bing is terrible when compared to Google search. The Play store has more than double the App selection Microsoft has to offer, and the Google developed apps are far better than their Microsoft alternatives. You say that you have to be a blinded fanboy to choose Android over Windows... well, with 85% of the market, I think it's safe to say that Google's platform is the more compelling choice for nearly everyone who owns a smartphone. You cannot play the "It's the cheaper alternative" card because Windows phones have several budget devices that still don't sell compared to the likes of the Moto G.Even Nokia fanboys hate Microsoft for what they did to their company. So going back to your initial statement "MS has got a monstorous offering of products and services that completly make google look foolish", Microsoft has been around for 30 years now, Google's been around for nearly half that time. And it's only been in the last few years that they've become competitors providing products and services that were directly competing with one-another. So yeah, Windows has more functionality than a 2 year old OS that has been and continues to develop and an alarming rate. Meanwhile, MS cannot get their current products like Windows 8 to match the popularity of even Windows XP which is now over a decade old. All this being said, Microsoft cannot even compete with their past self and I don't see them being very successful in holding on to their desktop market share. And here's a little background info on who I am. I'm a Systems Super User, the facility I work at has over 400 computers that I am directly responsible for. I work with Windows 7 all day every day and I have to support everyone in my facility when they have technical issues. I work closely with other Super Users from other facilities and the it's relatively unanimous in our opinions that Microsoft products are flawed and far from the best options out there.

33. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Your hilarious. Just reading the google induced garbage was funny. Chrome OS isn't an OS. It's a forked version of Linux that only has a browser. No other programs. It will never be an alternative to windows for just this reason. As android fans claim, android has always been about options and customization. Not Chrome OS. It is about being as closed as possible. Also, Windows 8 boots in seconds. You obviously have never used it. And IE is the fastest browser. It used to have a bad wrap, that is why they are changing it. For a while now, IE has been faster than Chrome. You probably won't believe me, so here you go: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-browser-which-should-you-be-using-932466 As you can see, IE is the fastest. Also, depending on your specs, the speed will differ. A chromebook has a celeron with 2 gigs RAM. I am using a chromebook right now, and it is SLOW. I still can't believe you brought up the chromebook.

32. abhinav.tella unregistered

I use MS for my computers and an Android device.... As for security, major defence contractors like Lockheed and some other govt services, are switching to Android as they can use their own security features on top of Android. Android is no less than iOS or WP in the security arena. I'm sure those defense companies aren't stupid.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Bunch of ducks already landed on this pond...

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Are we getting Gaaps on WP? That's the question.

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