An interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal today suggests that the iPhone is really popular with the folks at Microsoft - even if many of the employees who own the Apple device are afraid to show it off around the office.
According to the crack investigators at the Wall Street Journal, approximately 10,000 iPhone users tapped into the Microsoft employee email system last year. Roughly speaking, that number translates to an estimated 10% of all Microsoft employees. That's a whole lot of iPhone users inside "enemy walls."
But is the opposite true? Do many people who work at Apple use Microsoft products? Not really, at least according to this article. While big name Microsoft executives like J Allard (a chief architect of the Xbox) have been seen with their iPhones on numerous occasions, many Apple employees, on the other hand, simply "can't recall" seeing their colleagues using many competitor devices lately.
The article goes on to suggest that some at Microsoft are allowed to use the iPhone at will around the office because its important for Microsoft employees to "better understand the competition." Of course, walking around with an iPhone in front of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is never a good idea.
At an all-company meeting in a Seattle sports stadium, one hapless employee used his iPhone to snap photos of Steve Ballmer. Mr. Ballmer snatched the iPhone out of the employee's hands, placed it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it in front of thousands of Microsoft workers