Microsoft Prohibits Employees To Buy Apple Products

According to recent report by Zdnet, Microsoft is allegedly preventing its employees to buy Apple products using company’s funds.

Alain Crozier, the chief financial officer, SMSG has sent following email to the employees:

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.

Outside of the US — we will work with your finance and procurement teams to send the right message and put the right processes in place.

The current purchase levels are low, however we recognize there will be a bit of transition work associated with this.  Details of historical purchases in the US are provided in the attachment to help understand the changes that will be needed.Thank you for your support and leadership on this.

Microsoft’s SMSG is comprised of more than 46,000 employees worldwide. Microsoft previously too had same policies when it came to mobile handsets. The company handed over Windows Phone 7 handsets to its employees and abandoned them to use RIM’s BlackBerry, Android or any other handset.


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