“Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG) may be putting in place a policy to prevent employees from using corporate funds to buy Macs and iPads,” Mary Jo Foley reports for ZDNet.
“Based on an alleged internal e-mail passed on to me by one of my contacts, this edict just came down last week. SMSG encompasses 46,000 Microsoft employees worldwide, according to a Microsoft Careers page about the group, and includes Microsoft’s front-line consumer and business sales, service and support people,” Foley reports. “It has been Microsoft’s policy for years — dating back to Windows Mobile in 2009 — that iPhones, Blackberrys and Palm devices (and their respective data plans) cannot be expensed.”
Foley reports, “I asked Microsoft for confirmation that the email was real. I was told by a spokesperson that the company had no comment. No confirmation; no denial.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, by all means, arm your sales team with inferior equipment and saddle them with platforms that run but a mere subset of all the apps that Macs and iPads run.
Apple’s representative arrives in a brand new Mercedes AMG and the Microsoft sales guy shows up in a puke-green Pontiac Aztec with broken door locks towing a Trabant with no hub caps.
We like their strategy. We like it a lot.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]