Microsoft Prohibits its Employees from Buying Apple Products Using Company Funds!
Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet claims; an email has been pushed to her that concerns to Microsoft’s new purchasing policy for its Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG). The email reveals that Microsoft now prohibits its employee working in that group from buying Apple products like Macs and iPads 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 — we will work with your finance and procurement teams to send the right message and put the right processes in place.
This email was sent from Alain Crozier, the chief financial officer of SMSG. He claims that the existing Apple product purchase levels are “low” but they intend for a changeover to put it into practice. Noticeably, the email was sent 2 days prior to the launch of 3rd generation “new iPad”.
Microsoft is still quiet to comment on this news. Interestingly, the company has already forbidden its employees from purchasing an iPhone or Blackberry, back in 2009. Microsoft employees were blessed with Windows 7 phones instead of rivals’ devices since then.
It would be worthy enough to report that Microsoft’s Mac development team known as the Macintosh Business Unit is still active and operational. This unit works on the Mac Office products and once it was supposed to be the largest third part Mac software developer.
We think that Microsoft’s new purchasing policy is specifically limited to the members of SMSG group, as hinted by the post too. But amazingly, this group is hugely large with 40,966 Microsoft employees worldwide; that hits 45% of their total 92,303 recruits.Apple, iPad, Mac, Microsoft