Christmas comes early at Microsoft: employees get WP8 smartphones, Surface tablets, PCs as gifts

Christmas comes early at Microsoft: employees get WP8 smartphones, Surface tablets, PCs as gifts
Working for Microsoft – one of the most renowned tech giants in the world, is a privilege, and we are not saying this in a Foxconn kind of way. The company just sent out a big "Thank you!" to its 90,000 full-time employees by gifting them with not one, not two, but three Windows-powered gadgets. These include a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, a Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT, and a brand new Windows 8 PC, either a desktop, laptop, ultrabook, whatever they pick. How's that for an early Christmas gift?

The announcement was made by CEO Steve Ballmer himself during the annual Microsoft employee meeting held in Seattle. To no surprise, some who attended were quick to let the world know about the generous gifts: “Best. Company meeting. Ever.” was what one of them Tweeted. Others praised Microsoft's CEO by saying that “Steve Ballmer is the new Oprah!”

This isn't the first time Microsoft is treating its employees in such a fashion, but this has to be the most generous the company has been in the recent years. Those who worked for Microsoft back when WP7 was being introduced got a virtually free Windows Phone handset. At the same time, the free gadgetry those fortunate ones will be getting should ensure that none of them would be tempted to join the dark side.

source: Forbes, Engadget


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31 Comments

1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

PC will always be PC = Bill gates donates money Apple will always be apple = keeps their money and jacks up prices

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lucky bastards :-)

20. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

They hiring?...

23. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

go away android fan, Microsoft doesn't want to hire you

30. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I like Microsoft... Why is it that you think someone can't be a fan of Android & Microsoft. I have an S3 and also plan on getting a Surface when it comes out.

2. Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Woa!!! Lucky them.

11. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

They should have considered me as well. I am MCITP, MCTS on Server 2008 :p. Love you Microsoft. You are the real Tech Giant all the way along with Samsung, Google, Nokia, Sony, Motorola and Asus...!!

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Your NAME suggests otherwise!! :D

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

nooooooooooo, I wonder if they have any positions open lol

4. TAUKE86

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Wow... Nice...

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

pretty dope no doubt.....rooting for android n windows phones for our future debates and finnally slash out rotten apple from the picture

6. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

Its just advertising .Microsoft probably claim it on tax. Get out a.d spread the word through your employees . Wish Subaru would follow suit.

14. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

These f**kin haters are everywhere. If you don't like it then why the f**k you are here. Bloody Hell

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

even if it is given for discount its still better then apples

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Andrew1953!!! Windows is the new fruit...haven't you heard??? :D

7. wendygarett unregistered

OMG I wanna free surfaces and lumia 920!! Hire me please!!!

24. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

no one wants an android fan.

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Is (s)he an Android fan?? I thought (s)he was an iFan!!

9. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Reminds me of when I was working for a new mobile phone service provider, we used to give away free broadband internet for six months...the only thing was that we have given away free internet just for network testing and doing the final tweaks to the towers...etc, so basically it was like a mass testing for the network...this Microsoft thing kinda reminds me of that Edit: but it is still a good gesture

10. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Don't think it's the same thing because giving away free internet temporarily would not involve a whole lot of cash outlay. Had they given you a smartphone with the free internet and both yours to keep then it would be about the same thing. But in this instance, MS is not just giving away one device but three! And they're yours to keep not just for 6 months!

15. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

you are comparing two different products here, but it is the same concept...yes, they have given away free dongles, but not smartphones, they have allowed free calls and sms for 3 months, free internet for 6 months...that is all possible with tons of cash...the only thing here is why do the beta launching externally when you have 90k employees who can do it internally, and they will make sure to give you better feedback that they work for you?

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Do they still have vacancies at MS? I'd like to apply! I want a Surface Pro and a Lumia920! :-)

13. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I would like to be either a Google or Microsoft employee when I'm older. My uncle is an expert in C# and can teach me everything! :D

21. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Google? Nah.. they get to track you for free

16. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

wao did apple ever did that :O

22. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

You Get a Surface ! and YOU get a Surface ! and YOU GET A SURFACE !

26. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Lucky employees

27. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Mr. Ballmer where is my appointment letter..........??? :(

28. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Microsoft really knows how to keep their employees happy.............. I think apple or samsung never do such things....... Apple gives discount coupons to it's employees, so that they can buy overpriced igadgets at less overpriced rates............... About sammy i think that they don't even give discount coupon, becoz my cousin is working there in mobile division for past two yrs. but not even once he has got any discount coupons, or free gadgets............... :

29. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

hahaha, Apple would never do that, their to greedy to do a selfless act like this

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