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Microsoft will only cover data plans for Windows-based mobile phones

Technology firms are notorious for some of the perks they offer to retain employees. Google is perhaps the most notorious giver of perks with gourmet lunches and swimming spas to keep its working masses happy.

Google has found more recently that its perks can’t keep some of its most important people from leaving. Microsoft is another of the big firms that offers perks that many employees have now taken for granted. With the tough global economy, Microsoft has been shedding employees as it shores up its finances to weather the economic storm.

BusinessInsider reports that one of the benefits that Microsoft employees have enjoyed over the years is being dropped. Microsoft has implemented a new policy that will no longer pay for employees’ mobile phones and data plans, even when used extensively for work, if the mobile phone runs on anything other than Windows Mobile.

That means that Microsoft workers that previously had their BlackBerry or iPhone plans covered will now have to pay on their own. Some Microsoft-owned firms will continue to get other devices paid for though. Razorfish (an advertising agency owned by Microsoft) employees will reportedly still get data plans paid for on any device.

BusinessInsider reports that a Microsoft rep has confirmed the change and said, "[Reimbursement] is limited to Windows Mobile devices. This policy took effect as part of the broader cost saving measures announced earlier this year."

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By AlvinCool on 6/15/2009 12:48:38 PM , Rating: 0
Says worlds about WM7. If they are gonna force their employees to 6.1 devices now it just tells me they are having horrible problems with WM7 since it's just around the corner. They could simply have waited 6 months and had them all get WM7 devices right?

By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 1:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
WM7 isnt coming out for more than a year and a half, and I'm not too sure it has even reached Alpha stages yet, so I really doubt this has anything to do with it. WM6.5 has not even reached an RTM build for that matter (well that we know of), this is what you will be seeing on devices this fall.

By AlvinCool on 6/15/2009 3:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
My apologies, I was sure that Microsoft had already announced that WM6.5 was completely finished and there would be no further work on it. I believe that was in an article published on this site.

That being said why wouldn't they now be working on Win7 which I thought has been said would be out early next year. I also believe that HTC made several statements recently offering models of phones coming out in Q1 of 2010 based on WM7.

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