Microsoft Bans Purchase of Apple Products With Company Funds

Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:05pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7390 views

Microsoft has reportedly sent an email to 46,000 of its employees worldwide informing them that Apple products can no longer be purchased with company funds, says ZDNet.

Here's the supposed e-mail:

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.

Alain Crozier
CFO | WW Sales, Marketing & Services Group
WW SMSG Finance

When asking for confirmation of the email, ZDNet was told by a spokesperson that the company had no comment. No confirmation; no denial.

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Crunch - March 22, 2012 at 12:38pm
Desperate people do desperate things.
Dsein - March 22, 2012 at 10:46am
Haha - so that mean that everyone in MS-Design team will have to stick with WindowsPCs :D Makes sense - more Squares to be followed....
KenyanDave - March 22, 2012 at 1:51am
Okay, so I work for the Macintosh business unit at Microsoft and develop MS Office for MacOS. Can someone tell me how to do that on a PeeCee? This story is a fabrication.
Wtf - March 22, 2012 at 12:39am
I'm not so sure on some of comments seem like misunderstandng point of the email or am I getting wrong direction... Email clearly stated that they only forbid their ee from using company fund purchase apple product they did not mention any whether ee can't or can using their own money to by apple product... Correct me if I'm wrong
Budsal - March 22, 2012 at 3:37am
I wasn't suggesting they had that intention at all. I just mentioned it sort of as an aside.
Budsal - March 22, 2012 at 3:37am
I wasn't suggesting they had that intention at all. I just mentioned it sort of as an aside.
budsal - March 21, 2012 at 8:54pm
Good for Microsoft. I can only assume that Microsoft company funds are only used to buy things which will be used to conduct business. If, for example, 90% of Microsoft employees were using macs and ipads and iphones then it sends the wrong message to the public. Microsoft needs the world to view their products, or software, as better than the competition. Their employees using Apple products shows the world that this is not the case. Of course apple ios phones and tablets are better than microsoft os's, but microsoft would sign it's death warrant to admit it. If Microsoft were to forbid it's employees from using Apple products on their own time or for their own personal, non-business use, having been purchased with their own earned money then that would be a different thing entirely.
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