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

Microsoft gently reminds employees to steer clear of iPad purchases on the company's dime
Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT & Operations Group (SMSG) sounds like a huge department and whatever it decides internally is likely affecting tens of thousands of employees. SMSG 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.

This has been a Microsoft policy for a while - not to allow anything but the good ol' Wintel machines or Windows Phones be puchased on the company's expense. That's alright - we aren't exactly imagining Apple employees running around armed with PCs and Nokia Lumias in their turn.

Alain Crozier, Microsoft's CFO of Worldide Sales&Marketing, has allegedly detailed the request in this internal email:

Asked for confirmation on the above policy, Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied it, but we'd wager to guess it is a daily routine at Redmond for expense invoices to get tossed in the bin when they contain "Apple" in them, even when coming from the company's cafeterias.

source: ZDNet



1. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

That's a fair call in my opinion.

17. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

More innovation my sticking your head in the sand.

2. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Who needs Macs and iPads when you have Windows

4. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

7. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

That's cool, I love you man. Bromance

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

12. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

lmaO, facts...

15. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

You should have kicked her in the nuts. Hard.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

24. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

"I was like" When's jr prom sweetheart?

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

33. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

16. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Funny. lol

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

23. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

6. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

8. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

9. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

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

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

14. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 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!

19. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

30. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

21. rhinoceros

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 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.

26. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Zune is amazing lmao you can't be serious

28. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

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