I wrote this in response to a Slash­dot arti­cle about the Win­dows spy­ware pro­gramme Gator:

PRESS RELEASE: MICROSOFT INNOVATES IN NEW VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER

Store all your pass­words, finan­cial data and oth­er per­son­al infor­ma­tion on a cen­tral serv­er! Nev­er again will you have to remem­ber a pass­word or PIN, since you can con­ve­nient­ly access all your data from a Microsoft serv­er*! Microsoft have made it so easy for you by upload­ing all your data auto­mat­i­cal­ly, no ques­tions asked! In addi­tion, we use our patent­ed Mal­ware™ advanced arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence to analyse your move­ments online and offer ser­vices tai­lored just for you! To make this as pleas­ant an expe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble, we even share your data with third par­ties so that you are only offered ser­vices that suit your inter­ests.

“Microsoft has always strived to deliv­er the best val­ue for mon­ey in the indus­try,” report­ed Tom Rort of The Gart­ner Group. “Microsoft prod­ucts pay off big time for me! I’d give this release a rat­ing of five dol­lar-signs,” said Mary Swin­dle of The Aberdeen Group.

Once again, Microsoft has shown its com­mit­ment to look­ing out for the best inter­ests of its cus­tomers.

* cost of retrieval is $US9.99 per trans­ac­tion, and since Microsoft already have your finan­cial data, we con­ve­nient­ly deduct the mon­ey from your bank account auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

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