According to published reports, Microsoft has to adhere to the new policy which will be valid for 46,000 employees from operating divisions.

Microsoft Bans Employees From Purchasing Apple Devices

With this policy Microsoft prohibiting sales and marketing acquisition of Mac and iPads at the expense of the company.

Information was received from an email sent this morning by Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft has so far refrained from commenting, but this information can be considered reliable.

Read the email reported by Zdnet:

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.

Microsoft Bans Employees From Purchasing Apple Devices

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

It is only logical that Microsoft doesn’t want her money to be used to fund a competitor. Especially because no one stops to buy a Mac and iPad own money.

What you think ? Are Microsoft afraid of the big successes of Apple ?

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