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Microsoft's harsh anti-Google ad 'leaks' onto YouTube

A strong anti-Google ad intended only for internal laughs at Microsoft has mysteriously leaked onto YouTube during Google I/O.

A strong anti-Google ad intended only for internal laughs at Microsoft has mysteriously leaked onto YouTube during Google I/O.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

We all know that the massive tech companies aren't really comfortable with each other — and Google and Microsoft are two of the biggest. In fact, Google has been taking a few shots at its rival lately, in between demanding that Microsoft take down its Windows Phone YouTube app and Larry Page calling Microsoft to task for taking advantage of Google services.

Well, someone at Microsoft isn't taking that lying down. An internal joke advertisement that was intended to remain firmly within Microsoft walls has "leaked" onto YouTube, taking a jab at Google for selling customer data.

The ad, seemingly leaked by Microsoft Certified Professional Avinash Kumpati, parodies Google's bouncing-ball "now everywhere" Chrome advertisement, and once again catches Microsoft referring to the web giant as "Scroogle" — likening Google to Christmas killjoy Ebenezer Scrooge.

Microsoft has confirmed to VentureBeat that the ad did indeed originate within its walls, but was never intended to go beyond them. However, this is not the first time this year that Microsoft has had a "leak" during a competitor's event. In February, the specs for the next-generation Kinect leaked during Sony's PlayStation 4 event.

CNET Australia has contacted Google for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

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