Microsoft didn't ban employees from purchasing Apple products, they banned employees from using company money to buy Apple products. That does not seem to unreasonable to me. I'm sure many companies have similar policies.
Microsoft is probably worried that anyone seeing an iPad or iPhone will realize what trash Microsoft sells. Then again, the punishment for doing this should be to work on an MacIntosh. Then they'll realize what trash Apple sells. I can see why people buy iPads and iPhones, as they are pretty good products. The Mac is over priced and has way too many problems. I don't see how it makes people more productive.
I am not surprised in the slightest. We're just a couple headaches (more) away from sending out such a notice ourselves at our organization. iDevices and Mac desktops/laptops have to be shoehorned to work in a corporate (Microsoft) network, and even then, the result is less than desirable. When having to deal with privacy laws, having an iPhone/Pad with iCloud enabled is questionable at best, and there's no mechanism to ensure it can never be enabled. And that's just one example.
To be completely honest, WHO would actually work somewhere (like microsoft) and bring in competitor products? (like apple)
Personally if I worked for MS and brought in an iPad or something, I'd feel stupid/embarrassed/ashamed even if I liked the product more than what my company offered. It'd just seem weird... at least IMO
Microsoft has played it's worst move lately. Saying that WP7 was not intended to beat IOS (but Android) was silly.
Apple is about to launch an office suite on macs. They will ban Microsoft from their hardware.
Silverlight is dead. WP7 is dying.
Windows is moving to a place where it's opponents have much better weapons (Metro). Metro will only make Windows's users ready to jump to another OS (on the desktop/laptop). THEY ARE IN FACT PUSHING THEIR OWN DEATH.
This strategy is silly ... and I'm not even sad.
[citation][nom]mrmez[/nom]Fear leads to the dark side.M$ employees are obviously buying them because they like them better. Don't ban them, just make something better.Or is that too obvious?[/citation]
Although I feel all MS employees directly involved with the creation of their products should use Macs, iDevices and Android devices on the side atleast a little to get a feel for what does and does not work in their competitors products. That way they can take their products in the right direction and sort of learn from their competitions mistakes.
[citation][nom]obsama1[/nom]Well, Google gives its employess Macs.[/citation]
I think they have a combination of Mac, Windows, and Linux. That makes sense, given they want to be fair (for instance, making Motorola, which they own, bid along with all the other device manufacturers for android stuff) and they don't have any desktop OSes anyway (and chromebooks are useless for actual work).
Microsoft does not need to comment on the letter...they can do whatever they please, it's their company and no one should tell them how to run it. Every company has rules, if people don't like the rules they need to leave.
I have a friends whom dad works at microsoft. His dad gets so many new things since he works in the department where he compares ms products with rival companies. I personaly thinks this is a bad idea since employees wont be able to tell without going out and buying things with their own money if their product is able to compete with other products on the market, especially apples
[citation][nom]ammaross[/nom]I am not surprised in the slightest. We're just a couple headaches (more) away from sending out such a notice ourselves at our organization. iDevices and Mac desktops/laptops have to be shoehorned to work in a corporate (Microsoft) network, and even then, the result is less than desirable. When having to deal with privacy laws, having an iPhone/Pad with iCloud enabled is questionable at best, and there's no mechanism to ensure it can never be enabled. And that's just one example.[/citation]
Mobile Iron should fit the bill nicely. May want to have a look at that if you are having issues managing Android and IOS devices.
Doesn't make sense to me. If a device has most of the market share, why wouldn't you develop for that device? Not developing software for the most popular platform that seeks it's products (especially Office) is missing out on a lot of income.
If I was running a company, I wouldn't let anyone waste my money on Apple products either. And if they owned a Mac or an iPhone on their own, I wouldn't hire them in the first place, because it would tell me they're probably flaky, technologically inept, and bad with money.