Microsoft to 46,000 Employees: Don’t Buy iPads!

Microsoft is struggling to produce mobile devices that outshine Apple’s iPad, as evidenced by negligible marketshare and flops such as the Kin. Now, instead of innovating a tablet consumers want to buy, the company has decided to start telling people to simply not buy iPads.

ZDNet’s  leaked an internal email that was sent to the 46,000 worldwide employees of Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group. From Alain Crozier, subject line “Apple Purchases,” dated March 14:

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.

Microsoft neither confirmed nor denied the email when Mary reached out to the company. Since 2009, Microsoft has banned iPhones and BlackBerrys from being expensed as well—even though no Windows Mobile phone has ever taken off. Is this a smart move by Microsoft, or unfair to employees—or both?

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