“Microsoft’s leafy corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, is beginning to look like the streets of New York, London and just about everywhere else: Wherever you go, white headphones dangle from peoples’ ears. To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft’s management, Apple Computer’s iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft’s workers,’ Leander Kahney reports for Wired News.
“‘About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod,’ said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. ‘It’s pretty staggering.’ The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player — that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft’s corporate campus. ‘This irks the management team no end,’ said the source. So popular is the iPod, executives are increasingly sending out memos frowning on its use,’ Kahney reports.
“‘These guys are really quite scared,’ said the source of Microsoft’s management. ‘It shows how their backs are against the wall…. Even though it’s Microsoft, no one is interested in what we have to offer, even our own employees.’ So concerned is management, owning an iPod at Microsoft is beginning to become impolitic, the manager said. Employees are hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair,” Kahney reports. “As for hiding his own iPod use, the manager said he flaunts his iPod, despite the constant comments — and occasional arguments — it prompts. ‘I don’t really care if it pisses them off,’ he said. ‘I’ll argue why they’re doing it wrong. If you want me to stop using it, give me a product that works and is as easy to use.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Wonder how long it’ll take before they’re hiding Mac minis in their cubicles?
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