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Microsoft gently reminds employees to steer clear of iPad purchases on the company's dime

0. phoneArena 21 Mar 2012, 05:47 posted on

Redmond has recently issued some internal memos aiming to remind Microsoft's sales and marketing peeps they should be using Microsoft products, not some wimpy tablets or laptops with half-bitten fruits on the back...

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posted on 21 Mar 2012, 05:52 13

1. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


That's a fair call in my opinion.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 09:57 2

17. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


More innovation my sticking your head in the sand.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 06:10 23

2. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Who needs Macs and iPads when you have Windows

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 06:40 16

4. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


yeah seriously, I believe Windows helps you more and its more productive!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 06:56 9

5. alterecho (Posts: 1092; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Hey man, i gave you a thumbs down by mistake.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 07:31 13

7. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


That's cool, I love you man. Bromance

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:05 12

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


my school bought macs for us at $1000......could have got a decent HP for that >.> i hate mac

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:24 16

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


In the world of business Apple computers & products are toys, not productive tools to make a business move forward. For instance at my work people who have Apple computers can't print out their W2 forms. Those people have to be referred to a Windows PC so they can print their W2 forms.

A lady was arguing with a HR lady saying that EVERYBODY has an Apple PC. The HR woman politely said NO that an Apple PC is outsold by a Windows PC by an average of almost 5 to 1. But the i$heep in this lady STILL was arguing that EVERYONE has an Apple PC. lol

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:35 3

12. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


lmaO, facts...

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 09:51 7

15. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


You should have kicked her in the nuts. Hard.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:28 6

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


My HR colleague couldn't believe how delusional this lady was. We had a good laugh about it at lunch that day. She was telling me that woman kept insisting that she was wrong & that EVERYBODY has an Apple PC, she wouldn't drop it.

I was like you got to be kidding me! lol

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:29

24. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


"I was like"

When's jr prom sweetheart?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:51 7

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey PhoneArena here is drtech my own personal peanut gallery. He follows me everywhere I go. He is like my own Igor. He calls me master which I always tell him not to but it makes him happy! He also shines my shoes & has this really weird (kind of scary) personal infatuation to me.

Hey not that there is anything wrong with it but, drtech I really don't go that way. I am happily married to my wife & I have 2 beautiful boys with her!

I am very flattered though. Also thank you so much for your valuable input into the conversation here on the thread, WOW you are so informative & well rounded. Everyone please feel free to thank him! His favorite color is red! (It must be from all the thumb downs he gets.) lol

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 18:41 2

33. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


I have to admit I cracked up at the jr. prom joke. I love how he pinpoints three words from superandroidevo's comment and decides to ridicule him for it. Classic.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 09:57 3

16. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Funny. lol

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 06:22 11

3. tigermcm (Posts: 760; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


that's fair why should microsoft eat expenses used to purchase a competitors product? They are not saying hey you cant buy period just dont use our money for it.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:25 1

23. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Yep, i have both iphone and ipad but never gonna get a mac!!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 07:13 2

6. ibap (Posts: 711; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


As long as they aren't telling employees how to spend their own money (though I'd be leery of flashing that new iPad), they are entirely within their rights to do this. Just as long as they enforce this for higher-ups as well.

Kind of like car manufacturers making the drivers of other cars park further out in the lot.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 07:34 3

8. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


I see nothing wrong with this when it comes to company money. as long as it stays his way and not go into employees personal lives

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 07:45 9

9. phonton (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


MS warns the emplyees not to buy defective products for very high prices and then repent ;) lol

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:40 1

13. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


good job MS! looks like they are getting ready to take their rightful place in the game...

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:48 2

14. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


The memo does not say anywhere that employees can't buy Apple products with their own money. What the memo DOES say is "Apple products should not be purchased with (Microsoft) funds". So I say, fair enough!

In the secretive world of Apple during SJ's time, I'm sure there were dire consequences for employees to be seen with MS products!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:02

19. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Im sure in SJ's time anyone who caught using MS product should be buried alive!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:02

18. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


From the company that gave us the Zune, the Kin, and IE6. Wake up! iPad and iPhone and Android are eating your lunch. You can't compete by sticking your head in the sand and ignoring competitors' products. MS Office isn't going to feed you forever.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:54 2

30. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


No, from the company that gave us Windows 7, WP7, and IE9. Get with the times.

Does sound better to me than the company that gave us the iPod, the iPod: Phone edition, and the iPod: Gigantic edition.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 11:16

21. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


C.hack your point is outdated... You say kin and I say mango.... Zune as a product especially service is amazing. ITunes is insanely bad. Over pay for everything or pay ten bucks a month and done.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:36

26. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Zune is amazing lmao you can't be serious

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:50

28. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


The Zune software is really well done, it is what led to the whole Metro UI on WP7 and that YOU will be using with Windows 8.

The Zune player did not have the aesthetics of iPods, but it excelled at its core function: playing music. Read the reviews and you'll find that it had better audio quality than most of the MP3/media players on the market, including the iPods.

I'm sure that you at least did a lit bit of research before posting your comment though. I even bet you tried the Zune software or hardware at least once in your life. Yeah. Right.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:54

29. downphoenix (Posts: 2426; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


actually Zune Pass is pretty weak. They downgraded the service and there are tons of songs you cant download to the pass. Spotify is a much better service.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:08

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


When a company has to tell the employees not to buy the competition , is because maybe the competition is better is some ways, I am sure HTC employees have ipads.. there was an article here in PA about it.. MS bring popular products instead on having dumb rules

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:54 2

31. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Yo, r-tard, the memo says they cannot buy apple products WITH COMPANY FUNDS. uhDURR. A ford dealership isn't going to reimburse a sales manager for buying a chevy. uhDURR. They aren't saying "don't buy apples novelties at all", they're saying "don't do it with company funds." Derp.
I actually thought you'd say this, but I also thought "nah, not even chickentard is that goddam stupid." Well, thanks for proving me wrong.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:29

25. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Not a good sign for Windows tablets

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:59

32. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I would encourage the author of the article to not misrepresent the quote he is paraphrasing so badly. It seems many of your readers are getting the impression that Microsoft is telling its employees that they cannot buy Apple products in general, while the quoted memo is stating that Microsoft employees should not use department/corporate funds to buy Apple products. An important distinction.

Edit: The title clearly does state with the company's money, but the article itself still suggests otherwise.

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