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Microsoft denies blocking Apple products from events

updated 12:45 pm EST, Fri December 11, 2009

Blames media accounts on Munich representative

Microsoft is not banning Apple products from its press events, a company spokesperson says. At a recent Windows Mobile 6.5 event in Munich, Germany, one Microsoft representative is alleged to have criticized journalists for talking about owning an iPhone. The one incident led to reports that Microsoft had banned the use or mention of Apple products at official events.

"While we've been unable to confirm the specific exchange," the spokesperson now says, "it would not reflect our overall company policy and business practices. Reporters and analysts are free to use whatever technology they wish in covering any Microsoft event, and always have been."

Claims to the contrary may be based on poor translations of the Munich comments, and a history of Microsoft pressuring its workers to avoid Apple gear. Windows Mobile team members are discouraged from owning iPhones, and at one point the company organized an "iPod amnesty bin" for employees not using Zunes. CEO Steve Ballmer famously pretended to stomp on one person's iPhone during a meeting.

The company nevertheless officially allows its workforce to display Apple hardware, and audiences at events are often seen using Macs.




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  1. PBG4 User

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Discouraged From Checking Out Competition

    "Windows Mobile team members are discouraged from owning iPhones"

    Seriously? Employees aren't allowed to dissect the competition for learning purposes? Well, that explains it then.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Free priceless publicity

    And for Apple, this continues to work as free advertising. It must feel like $h!t to be a MS PR person who has to issue a statement like this one. Just priceless!

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Lotsa reasons

    There is the MacBU, which makes OS X versions of Microsoft Office, among other things. They need Macs to create their Microsoft products...

    And didn't Microsoft use PowerPC Macs to write code for the XBox 360?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Do all Ferrari and Lamborghini factory workers

    drive Ferraris and Lamborghinis to work? I don't think it would be wise for a company to ban all competing products for common workers. Maybe if you're up in executive management or something, but to force employees to only use certain products doesn't seem quite right. And telling reporters or analysts what devices to bring to official events is insane. Why the heck would Microsoft care what the reporters were using? At least MS would find out what attendees were choosing instead of blindly looking the other way.

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