By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)
Listen, I like Microsoft. That is something I could not say two years ago after using Windows Vista for an extended period of time. But, lately, I have grown to like the company, mainly because of their mobile offering, which I love. Then the world’s biggest software company goes and does something like this and brings back all those old feelings of… well, disgust.
According to ZDNet, Microsoft’s CFO, Alain Crozier sent an internal email this week banning the purchase of Macs and iPads in Microsoft. No, we are not talking about the company raiding employees’ houses, but just prohibiting the purchase of these products with company funds.
The ban applies to Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Groups (46,000 employees) and it is effective as of next week.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I get it. Apple’s numbers are through the roof and they kind of put Microsoft’s market value to shame. As far as market share, Apple keeps gaining, Microsoft keeps losing and I am not only talking about the computer industry. So, this ban makes sense.
Since we are Microsoft bashing, here is a reminder of Steve Ballmer laughing at the new Apple entry into the mobile industry, a.k.a the iPhone!
Having said that, is it just me or is the email below sent by the CFO kind of… what’s the word I am looking for?
If there is one thing that says to the world that we can no longer compete with Apple, it is Microsoft sending such an email. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth and that is sad because Windows Phone was tasting kinda nice for me…
I remember a few years ago when I was invited to Microsoft for a sneak peek of its upcoming Windows Phone platform. You can read my first impressions of the OS here. I remember sitting at the Microsoft desk with my iPad taking notes and thinking “This is awkward!”
Is the next step Microsoft banning all Apple products from Microsoft buildings and offices? After the email below, I wouldn’t put it past them.
From: Alain Crozier
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:17 PM
Subject: Apple Purchases
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.
CFO | WW Sales, Marketing & Services Group
WW SMSG Finance