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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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(Hat Tip: 99 Zero's) (Wired News) It looks like Bill Gates castle, aka Microsoft's corporate campus in Redmond, Washington is being overrun by Apple's new Ipods:
"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."
Since about 80% of Microsoft workers use portable music players, approximately 16,000 out of 25,000 employees use a Mac Ipod (that is over 50% of the campus!). Management is not proud of this and are informing their employees that Ipod is not welcome on campus.
It seems that the Microsoft Management is even communicating their frustration of "preference" that their employee's have chosen:
So popular is the iPod, executives are increasingly sending out memos frowning on its use...So concerned is management, owning an iPod at Microsoft is beginning to become impolitic, the [anonymous] manager said. Employees are hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair.
"Some people are a bit concerned about being traitors, not supporting the company," he said. "They're a bit stealth about it."
It's not only the employee's who seem to like them. Some managers at Microsoft are pretty public about their preference of the Ipod over anything their company can offer.
Robert Scoble, who calls himself the "Microsoft Geek Blogger" and is one of the company's most widely read and vocal mouthpieces, sometimes appears obsessed with the iPod.
He recently penned an open letter to Bill Gates about how to build an iPod-killer (first thing: start a blog). "Even I want an iPod," he confessed.
The Microsoft manager said he's heard from several executives who dutifully bought Microsoft-powered players, tried them, failed to get them working, and returned them in favor of an iPod. He went through the same experience, he said.
It looks like the Microsoft empire is running out of "innovative products," even amongst it's own employee's. Hopefully this trend will continue and Google will not find itself alone in it's war against Microsoft. Selah!
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