If you have been wondering that it has been a while since we have heard something new on the Scroogled front, then stop wondering. Microsoft has just launched a new round of attack on Google.

This time Redmond is pointing out how the search engine giant violates the privacy of Gmail users.

In a blog post, the software titan is pointing towards Google’s recent statements in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the search engine firm of illegally reading and scanning emails to display ads. This is what Google said in the official papers, according to Microsoft:

“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”

The company explains that scanning emails is not the only way Google violates and infringes upon the privacy of users. Microsoft talks about the recent claims that its rival’s Street Cars may, in fact, violate federal wiretapping laws. As Redmond put it:

“Not only does Google think you shouldn’t expect privacy in email, they think you shouldn’t expect to have privacy when you’re using WiFi in your own home. Just a few days ago, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the interception of personal data transmitted on private Wi-Fi routers by Google Street Cars might violate federal wiretapping laws.”

And what good is it talking about competitors when you do not take the opportunity to draw attention towards your own products and services? Microsoft, once again, emphasizes that it treats user privacy very seriously, while inviting users to try out Outlook.com:

“At Microsoft, we believe that you SHOULD have a legitimate expectation of privacy. That’s why Outlook.com doesn’t read the contents of your personal communications to target you with ads. We prioritize your privacy.”

Well, irrespective of where you stand on this, Microsoft seems to have already made up its mind — and it wants to get the message across to as many users as possible.

Both Microsoft and Google have been locked up in close combat when it comes to technology products and services. And while they do (very) occasionally cooperate together on things, it is plain evident that there is quite a bit of bad blood between these two technology leaders.

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  1. People are going to learn one day. Microsoft is supposed to be evil, and the other companies are supposed to love their customers so much, and protect them. One of these days people will learn that these other companies have done everything Microsoft has done when they had the chance and sometimes more.

    • Exactly, @disqus_aUjJoK3PRk:disqus. I’m out of the Google ecosystem after they made THAT statement regarding privacy. They are as bad as the NSA, worse in my opinion because at least the NSA has national security in mind (um, somewhat). But with Google, it’s all about money. I used to have a lot tied up into Google’s services, but not anymore. I did switch everything over to Outlook, Sykpe and Skydrive, and have been enjoying it thus far.

      • Good move! I have used MS services for years and still feel good about them.

      • Rodney, 6 months ago, I did the same conversion from the Google ecosystem. Outlook.com, Bing, SkyDrive, Windows Phone and once they come out, a Surface 2. The seamless connection has been fantastic…..and I didn’t have to drink any cool-aid either!. It just made logical sense.

        • You know, @DCJason:disqus, it’s not only the seamless connection part, but in my mind all of them are far better products at that! Have you ever used Google Docs, for instance? Meh!

          • Yes, my office uses Google Docs, so I’ve gotten used to it. The ONE thing I do like about it (and I’ve not seen a Windows equivalent) is we can create Gmail email addresses for outside users who then can have access to Google Docs so they all can access a spreadsheet they use to write comments on our product design. The fact that many can be work in the same document/spreadsheet at the same time is an advantage I haven’t found anywhere else. No one has to ‘check out’ the document like in SharePoint (and we don’t have SharePoint anyway, unfortunately). I’m not a fan of DropBox either.

          • Rodney Longoria / September 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

            Here’s something to check out:


            With the new updates to SkyDrive, I don’t believe sharing/editing is an issue any longer, but I haven’t tested it yet so I can’t be 100% about that. Still, worth looking into just for shits and grins. 🙂

          • Awesome. Thanks for this comparison. I didn’t think one could work simultaneously on a document stored in SkyDrive, but I will try it out with one of my colleagues at work to see if we can. Thanks. I’ll let you know.

          • Rodney Longoria / September 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

            Kewl beans! Yeah, definitely let me know, and good luck.

    • That goes double for me!

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