"Well, sometimes when a person loves their gmail very, very much, the two get together and an ad is born." And with that quote, Microsoft hurls a big, fat grenade at Google for its contextual ads in Gmail.
At its sales conference last week, Microsoft showed attendees this video of "GMail man," the mailman who skims your messages and offers unsolicited advice and products in response. The video was posted to YouTube by a reporter who received it from someone who attended the conference.
Of course, the entire point of this video isn't so much out of concern for the public as it is to pimp out its new Office 365 suite, meant to compete directly with Google Apps. But who among us hasn't been horrified or just even slightly creeped out by some of the contextual ads served up by Google?
Whether you love Google or anxiously await all Microsoft updates, you've gotta admit the video is pretty spot-on. What's the weirdest or creepiest contextual ad you've seen on Gmail?
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