"If you haven’t tried these Microsoft products and services, give ‘em a shot,” vice president of corporate communications Frank Shaw writes in a jaunty blog post.
"If you’ve tried them before and moved on, come on back. We’ve left the light on for you.”
It’s not all tongue-in-cheek humour, with Shaw’s descriptions of Microsoft’s tools including some veiled and not-so-veiled barbs:
• Hotmail: Join the hundreds of millions of people who enjoy not worrying about the content of their private emails being used to serve ads.
• Bing: The search engine that gives you great experiences using the whole web.
• Office 365: The award-winning online collaboration solution for businesses who don’t want their documents and mail used to benefit advertisers.
• Internet Explorer: The world’s most popular browser, now with tracking protection, offering controls over your privacy as you browse.
It's a sharp move from Microsoft, and is sure to nab a few people who would previously have written off the products as outdated.
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