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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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RE: Wrong approach
By vkat on 6/15/2009 2:51:36 PM , Rating: 2
MS has been doing WinMo for quiet some time. Until WinMo 7 , they did not support Multi-touch which Apple and other had it for quiet some time. This makes me to think that the MS does not have real innovativeness. Unless the MS employees use other products like (iPhone or G1 etc), they will not know such technology exist.

I am assuming that there are bunch of MS employees using WinMo based phones for a while and their comments (or lack of) does not seem to make any difference.

MS is just copying or adopting pre-existing technologies (esp on Mobile space). Where is their innovation? Instead of innovating new technologies, they are wasting time in thinking of how to increase their customer base by forcing it.

There are two ways to make their employees (or public) in general use their product (make a cool product or force it down the throat). Which is better?

RE: Wrong approach
By hduser on 6/15/2009 11:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've used 4 versions of windows mobile. Innovation has been few and far between. I'm using an iphone now. It's not perfect but it's innovative and does more of the things I like to do(music/video/games and the apps). Windows mobile stagnated for the last 4 years.

If MS going to force their own product on their own employees, it's their call. If MS won't respond to input from consumers or their own employees, then they deserve what they'll get.

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