"Sometimes when a person loves their Gmail very, very much, the two get together and an ad is born." That's just one of the many lines from a new Microsoft's satirical sales video that takes a jab at Google's admittance that Gmail scans the content of your inbox to tailor ads.
On July 20 during the annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference' opening sessions, the Softies showed off their "Gmail Man" spoof, meant to spur the troops selling Office 365 against Google Apps, and specifically, Gmail.
The video apparently isn't intended as a commercial ad, but rather a plug to inspire sales reps selling Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service -- which rivals Google Apps -- by tweaking their privacy heartstrings. In the video, Gmail man riffles through mail to find keywords for serving up ads. The message: Google cares more about advertising revenues than privacy.
The punch line: "Your email is your business. Google makes it theirs."
The video embedded below shows the "Gmail man" dressed in mailman garb, sifting through mail and picking up key words to create (erroneous) ads.
Here's the Gmail man video clip: