Internal email states Apple products won’t be bought with company funds.
In a rumored email to its employees, Microsoft has put in place a policy that forbids Apple products (specifically Macs and iPads) with company funds.
Given that Microsoft is keen to push its own technologies such as Windows Phone and Windows 8, this does make sense but at the same time sounds a bit extreme. What happens to the users who’ve been using Mac hardware all this while, and now need to make the transition over to Windows?
Transcript of the email is below (via Tom’s Hardware):
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