rivalry between Microsoft and Apple is one of legend. The two firms
battle in many major categories including computers, mobile phones,
and music players. The rivalry between the two firms has grown to
epic proportions and in some instances; employees at Microsoft have
been discouraged from using competitor's offerings.In June of
2009, Microsoft changed its corporate policy to stipulate that it
would only cover employees cell phone bills as long as the employee
used a Microsoft-powered device. That means that the
employees using the iPhone or a Blackberry were no longer being
reimbursed for their calls. Microsoft said the reason for the move
was to save money.The Wall Street Journal reports
that despite the fact that Microsoft workers using iPhones is frowned
upon, many of them still
use the Apple smartphone. The use of the iPhone is reportedly not
hidden or uncommon at Microsoft's Seattle campus. Workers use the
device openly in cafeterias and other locations reports the WSJ.
According to reports, nearly 10,000 Microsoft workers are accessing
the Microsoft employee email system using the iPhone. That number
represents 10% of the firm's global workforce.Microsoft
executives have tried to spin employee use of the iPhone and other
competitor's offerings. Microsoft's Andy Lees and Robbie Bach stated
at a question and answer even that Microsoft workers often used a
competitor's product to understand the competition. Microsoft COO
Kevin turner also denied that he discouraged sales staff from using
the iPhone. Turner stated, "What's good for the field is good
for Redmond," according to one Q&A attendee.There
seems to be some that are uncomfortable using competitor's products
at Microsoft. The WSJ reports that one person told the
publication that some workers try to disguise their iPhone with
generic cases. Some workers are also hesitant to use non-Microsoft
devices in front of executives.
the healthy rivalry, there are reports that Apple and Microsoft are
teaming up against a common foe. Such is the case with the two firms
reportedly in talks to see Bing
search replace Google search on the iPhone.
quote: So... 10% is 'many'?
quote: the notion that it slows down the computer is ridiculous
quote: Microsoft executives say workers use competitors products to learn about the competition
quote: I've had this lousy BB Curve with 3G on Verizon now for almost 2 years. With Opera Mini it does everything an iPhone can do
quote: Now it will be the iPad that will open Ballmer's eyes when he see the ipad's huge marketshare/revenues by this year end.