Roughly 10% of Microsoft employees said to be iPhone owners

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  1. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703455804575057651922457356.html

    Roughly 10% of Microsoft employees said to be iPhone owners
    Friday, March 12, 2010

    "Microsoft Corp. employees are passionate users of the latest tech toys," Nick Wingfield reports for The Wall Street Journal. "But there is one gadget love that many at the company dare not name: the iPhone."

    "The device's success is a nagging reminder for Microsoft executives of how the company's own efforts to compete in the mobile business have fallen short in recent years," Wingfield reports. "What is especially painful is that many of Microsoft's own employees are nuts for the device."

    "The perils of being an iPhone user at Microsoft were on display last September," Wingfield reports. "At an all- company meeting in a Seattle sports stadium, one hapless employee used his iPhone to snap photos of Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Mr. Ballmer snatched the iPhone out of the employee's hands, placed it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it in front of thousands of Microsoft workers, according to people present."

    "Despite Mr. Ballmer's theatrics, iPhone users are in plain sight at Microsoft. At the sprawling campus here in a Seattle suburb, workers peck away on their iPhone touch-screens in conference rooms, cafeterias and lobbies," Wingfield reports. "Nearly 10,000 iPhone users were accessing the Microsoft employee email system last year, say two people who heard the estimates from senior Microsoft executives. "

    Wingfield reports, "Some Microsoft workers take pains to hide their iPhones. While rank-and-file workers tend to use the iPhone openly around peers, some conceal them within sight of more senior executives. One Microsoft worker said he knows several colleagues who try to disguise their iPhones with cases that make them look more like generic handsets."

    Wingfield reports, "Microsoft isn't uniformly opposed to employees using Apple products, in part because it makes some software and services for them. Apple's Macintosh computers are common in the Microsoft group that makes the Mac version of its Office software. Still, Apple's ascendancy in mobile phones has been tough to stomach."
     
  2. 63dot macrumors 603

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    So? I would argue a higher percentage of them have iPods. :)
     
  3. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Microsoft has some 90,000+ employees. So not really surprising.

    Jobs has mentioned in the past that some of Apple’s best customers work at Microsoft.
     
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    And I would bet that there are some Apple employees who use WM phones. Why is this news?
     
  5. *LTD* thread starter macrumors G4

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    Sure they do.

    [​IMG]

    I think it was those two guys in the mail room.
     
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Anything that can in any way, shape or form be spun to make Apple teh roxor and any company that is not Apple teh suxor will be posted by *LTD*. And if any of his ridiculous, unsupported statements are challenged he'll ignore them and just start another thread.

    So what you are saying is that MS employees are more likely than Apple employees to be individuals and go against the norm as opposed to being corporate drones that won't think for themselves, fear not 'fitting in' and therefor only use the products their company produces? Got it.;)


    Lethal
     
  7. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    More that there are no MS phones that come close to the competition ;)
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    It kind of proves that MS employees are no different than the general population. I did have my doubts though. ;)
     
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    So 90% of Microsoft employees don't use iPhones? Wow, the competition must be doing well.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Microsoft products are intended for Microsoft customers. Microsoft employees and contractors use the best tools available to get the job done.
     
  11. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    Up until the end of last year Windows Mobile was used exclusively for inventory management across their entire retail chain.

    Windows embedded and Windows CE still play a critical roll in manufacturing all of their products.

    Ect.
     
  12. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Windows Mobile was being used by sales people in Apple stores when I last visited one. I've read they intended to replace them with some augmented iPhone device in the future, but they WERE there.
     
  13. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    There you go, ruining *LTD*'s fun...
     
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    Agree.

    Nothing wrong with getting something that fits your needs.

    On a side note, I wonder how many Apple iPhone users to include employees will dump the iPhone when their contract is up and go with something else?

    Slow news day? :)

    Snort. True.
     
  15. R.Perez macrumors 6502

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    As if working for microsoft means you can't own anything with an Apple logo on it?

    One of my good friends lives in Seattle and has been a long time MS employee he owns an iphone along with an iMac, plus other PC's (mostly laptops)

    Not really surprising.
     
  16. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    No, no, I'm sure they do.

    I know people who don't like iPhones, me being one of them. I'm sure Apple employees have the freedom of choice, like the rest of the world. If they don't like Touchscreen, or anything else about the iPhone, they won't buy one.

    Just because they work for Apple, doesn't mean they love Apple as much as you do.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    So what.

    It's like a Honda employee driving a toyota or gasp an apple employee owning a pc and dollars to donuts there are apple employees that own PCs

    here's a little tidbit of info for *LTD* apple used to use window servers for their online presence, this was even true while Jobs was at the helm :eek:
     
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    And Steve Jobs was forced to stop using his Thinkpad and start using a Mac laptop a few years after taking over Apple again, even though they sucked.
     
  19. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Two things:
    • Jobs's ThinkPad ran OpenSTEP.
    • As Intel-based laptops of that era went, the ThinkPad was about as good as it went.
     
  20. Stella macrumors 604

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    And the point is?

    Microsoft and Apple employees are entitled to use each others products.
     
  21. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I would imagine most of the 10% are the ones that use a Mac at work as well...
     
  22. slapple macrumors 6502

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    I have 2 friends in Seattle who've worked for Microsoft for the past decade. They seem to be drinking the MS Kool-Aid hardcore. They both refuse to use AOL IM (or any other non-MS IM), and only use MS Messenger. One even said he'd be fired if he used AIM... ok, so he was joking, but I imagine he has many co-workers who are like him and refuse to use any non-MS products.

    They both use Windows phones. One of them has an X-Box and I seriously doubt he'd ever consider a Playstation or Wii. Neither uses Macs, and I seriously think they'd rather commit suicide than buy an Apple product. Oh, and they also use Bing instead of Google.
     
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    I would be kind of curious to see that number against the number in the general population that use iPhones.
     
  24. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Well, let's see. 15 million iPhone users x 92% are adult working age .

    = 13.8 million adult iPhone users / ~200 million US adults

    = ~7% of the general adult population owns an iPhone

    But if we compared against the number of technical company employees that use iPhones, I suspect the 10% is about right.
     
  25. secondhandloser macrumors member

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    That's about right with what I expected. I just think it's pretty interesting to see that they are about consistent (most likely) with other tech companies.
     

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