Microsoft to block corporate iPad purchases by sales and marketing employees

According to a report from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG) has a new policy that blocks the purchase of iPads and Macs by employees using corporate funds. The alleged email from SMSG CFO Alain Crozier says,

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.

This change isn’t expected to effect a lot of people as not many of the 46,000 employees in the group use corporate cash to buy Apple products. It’s not a ban on Apple products, but a gentle reminder that Microsoft employees should use Microsoft money to buy Microsoft products.

[ZDNet]

  • “Corporate funds” i think this is reasonable… >.> 

  • Anonymous

    “…Microsoft employees should use Microsoft money to buy Microsoft products…”

    And just exactly what MS product is there in the same class as the iPad? Oh, right. There isn’t one.

    And just exactly what MS product is there in the same class as the iPod? Oh, right. The Zune (which has been declared dead my Microsoft).

    And just exactly how does the Mac development team plan to write new versions of Office/Mac? Oh, right. There probably won’t be one because those “customers” are scum and not to be supported for daring to buy a Mac in the first place.

    And just exactly how does the Mac marketing department create their “I switched from a Mac to Windows” ads, other ads and their other marketing material? I guess they’ll  have to farm out contracts to ad agencies that use Macs.

    “…..a gentle reminder…”? No, more like a sledge hammer.

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