Microsoft warns journalist: Do not use or mention Apple products at our events

“Probably still reeling from all publicity around these shots, Microsoft reportedly told journalists gathered for a company press event in Germany not to use or mention Apple products,” Chauncey Dupree reports for 9 to 5 Mac.

Apple Macs reigned supreme at Microsoft’s Mobius 2009 last month:

Dupree reports, “Our German is a bit rusty and Google is even worse, but according to Handelsblatt and our bad translation: ‘While at a Windows Mobile 6.5 demonstration in Munich, Germany a journalist was warned by a Microsoft spokesman not to mention or use Apple products…since it was a Microsoft event the journalist had previously told everyone that he had never owned an easier to use cell phone than the iPhone.'”

Dupree reports, “Now, you can say what you like about Microsoft’s huge market share – not just in terms of PC sales but also in virus and Trojan horse production – but even in Apple’s darkest days we don’t think Cupertino ever insisted on no mention or use of Microsoft-powered products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Microsoft bans Mac- and iPhone-toting journalists, their events will have very little coverage and none of it smart.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I don’t think MS realizes that, at this point in time, they need the journalists more than the journalists need them.

    “The revolution will be streamed to your iPhone.”

  2. What next: Dances With Monkeys stands up at the next event and warns journos that “you’re either for us or against us!”

    If this is actually true, it’s another sign of a management culture that has adopted a persecution complex instead of trying to innovate and persuade using the strength of their products.


  3. @ Big Als

    Why does MDN keep posting Microsoft news?

    Because it is fun and they can’t help it.

    Why do drivers slow down and stare at a fresh car wreck?

    Because it is fun and they can’t help it.

  4. Microsoft was using “You are with us or against us” for a long, long, time. That is why they went to court for using unfair business practices. Those who did not follow what Microsoft wanted got steamed rolled or run out of business.

    Yup, I has been a Microsoft policy for decades.

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