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03-21-2012, 12:37 AM #1
Microsoft Forbids Employees From Using Company Funds to Buy Apple Products
Microsoft is reportedly restricting employees from purchasing Apple products with company funds.
According to an internal email Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet got her hands on Microsoft's Sales, Marketing, Services, IT and Operations Group (SMSG) are now banned from purchasing Apple products of any kind with company funds.
Within SMSG we are putting in place a new policy that says that Apple products (Mac & iPad) should not be purchased with company funds.
In the US we will be turning off the Apple products from the Zones Catalog next week, which is the standard purchasing mechanism for these products.
Outside of the US ó we will work with your finance and procurement teams to send the right message and put the right processes in place.
The practice isnít new (they already prohibit expensing BlackBerries and iPhones), and likely wonít prevent those really wanting Apple products from purchasing them. And honestly, with how well Windows 8 is turning out, they might in fact be happy Microsoft provides employees with Windows-based mobile phones.
Source: ZDNet [via MacRumors]
03-21-2012, 01:05 AM #2
Good call Microsoft. Take that Apple!!!
This will show em!
03-21-2012, 01:12 AM #3
Ooooooooo Apple is sooo scared lol
I think the iPhone is Apples best product hands down. I love the iCloud integration of its services like calendar and backup. I use those for my business because it syncs so well. I tried macs for the company but it's just no that compatible with things and they are so expensive. I'm scared they will get broken because they are so heavy. No point in using a duel boot into windows. If I want to use windows I'll just go with a Sony or something.
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03-21-2012, 01:18 AM #4
this is lame it's not like microsoft makes tablets and phones. ohh wait.. they did/do. the kin was there first phone and it was a failure. they also had a product called zune, which was a video player.. which was also a failure.
but i do understand. when i was visiting hynix a few years ago.. their employees were forbidden to have any sony products.
03-21-2012, 01:55 AM #5
The practice isn’t new (they already prohibit expensing BlackBerries and iPhones), and likely won’t prevent those really wanting Apple products from purchasing them.
Last edited by Norb; 03-21-2012 at 01:58 AM.
03-21-2012, 03:42 AM #6
Are their salaries considered "Microsoft funds"? Lol, I mean, all of their money does come from Microsoft!
But this really does make sense, this is in no way shocking.....If i was running Microsoft i would do the same thing. Of course Microsoft does not want to help contribute to Apples success.El Zurdo
03-21-2012, 04:55 AM #7
zZzZzZz... Purchasing an Apple product is one thing.. but when you must tell your workforce they cannot buy apple that shows more then any words, how there product actually is. Like i said words can only go so far yet actions speak louder. Dont back your self into a corner. I know apple employees that use PC over Mac.
03-21-2012, 09:39 AM #8
Kind of makes sense. I am sure Apple has similar clauses about Microsoft and Android devices.
03-21-2012, 10:21 AM #9
This makes perfect sense, surprised it took so long for them to make it into policy...
If their employees needs something regarding tech, they have the resources to make and develop it.
If something do not work well, then fix it instead of buying competition product.
03-21-2012, 03:05 PM #10
To me, this shows that Microsoft is scared by Apple making better products. After all, if the Windows based product was better, wouldn't these people be buying them with company funds rather than wanting Apple products?
03-21-2012, 03:15 PM #11
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03-22-2012, 10:10 AM #13
Is this really a surprise? I guarantee that there are similar policies in place at Apple. The ONLY exception to this rule (if it were my company) would be when purchasing a product for comparison testing, or when you are developing a product (Office for Mac) for a competitor's device/OS.
I will admit though, I only own a MacMini, and "i" products other than iMac. My daily-use computer is a Sony Vaio F-series laptop. I get all the power of a MacBook Pro, with all the gaming of a PC. I needed something that could handle Graphic design and play games once in a while.
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03-27-2012, 12:27 AM #14