Google has started an anti-Microsoft campaign called ‘MicroShaft’ to convince users to avoid Microsoft products – which (despite being insanely expensive) have backdoors to give security agencies easy access to user’s data.
Steve Warner, lead consultant with, ScanStats, said, “Internally, Google had been one of the staunch critics of Microsoft for creating back doors in its products such as Windows or Internet Explorer to make it easy for authorities to take control of citizen’s computers. But I am surprised that Google has gone public with this criticism and started the MicroShaft campaign.”
Google has created an online store called MicroShaft, where it is selling a mug, a T-Shirt and a Hat poking fun at Microsoft.
The Mug is targeted at Skype and says, ‘Keep quiet we are listening to your call’.
The T-shirt is targeted at Windows which says, “A world without windows and doors – a world with backdoors’.
The cap is classic as it’s aimed at Outlook/SkyDrive stating ‘Yes we scan.’
The prices vary, but for $7.99 you can pick up a mug that advises you to “’Keep quiet we are listening to your call’; ‘Outlook/Skydrive – Yes we scan’ hat is available for $14.99 and Google is selling the “A world without windows and doors – a world with backdoors’ T-shirt for $11.99.
It’s the first time Google has launched any such campaign against Microsoft. Till now it was Microsoft which was trying to persuade users to move away from Google services through it’s Scroogled campaign and use it’s own services.
Warer said, “Microsoft is lately under a lot of pressure from NSA because of the declining market share of Windows, Internet Explorer and no takers of Windows Phones. Every time Microsoft loses a customer to Google, NSA looses a node to spy on.”