Christmas comes early at Microsoft: employees get WP8 smartphones, Surface tablets, PCs as gifts
posted by Nick T. / Sep 14, 2012, 2:20 AM
“Best. Company meeting. Ever.” was what one of them Tweeted. Others praised Microsoft's CEO by saying that “Steve Ballmer is the new Oprah!”.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:
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.
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PC will always be PC = Bill gates donates money Apple will always be apple = keeps their money and jacks up prices
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 2:26 AM 24
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Lucky bastards :-)
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:18 AM 6
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Woa!!! Lucky them.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 2:30 AM 7
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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...!!
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:38 AM 0
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Its just advertising .Microsoft probably claim it on tax. Get out a.d spread the word through your employees . Wish Subaru would follow suit.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 2:56 AM 0
OMG I wanna free surfaces and lumia 920!! Hire me please!!!
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:04 AM 1
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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
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:34 AM 0
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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!
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:33 AM 1
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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?
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:55 AM 0
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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
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:42 AM 0
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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............... :
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 9:08 AM 1
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