Microsoft made the following video spoofing Google’s Gmail for its Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX) event, which is a gather of its salesforce.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley got it from an attendee, and while Microsoft hasn’t officially commented, it looks real — it has the “Contoso” brand that Microsoft uses in a lot of its demos. (Microsoft actually owns the copyright so nobody else can use that name.)
This ad isn’t airing publicly and is not meant for official distribution — it’s really just to fire up the troops — but it is a little bit misleading.
The video shows the “Gmail Man” reading through people’s letters looking for keywords to serve up ads. This is what the personal version of Gmail does.