Apple has just done with its user with the launch of new-generation iPad tablet in the market, and the device is just about to start reaching the user’s hand, but it appears that Apple’s rivals are not in a good mood to adopt these tablets as primary working devices. The software giant, Microsoft is reportedly banned its employees to purchase the new iPad with the Microsoft’s company fund for the employees. It seems that Microsoft is about to start a new fight with Apple, and want the Cupertino Company to go evil against its smaller range Windows Phone devices.


According to a report by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, a new policy is introduced inside the company by Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG), which actively sent an internal private email to employees within a specific group of employees informing that the company has banned them on the purchases of the new iPad. Microsoft clearly knows that its employees are also the big fans of the new-generation Apple’s iPad, and they have pre-planned the email, and sent it two days before the launch of the device in the country.

Through the reports, we come to know that Microsoft nearly hasaround 46,000 employees inside the SMSG group, and it doesn’t mean that Microsoft with these numbers can harm the new iPad sales, as the new iPad is already making big booms around the community.  Apple already shipped 55 million iPads in the last year, and this year is reportedly to be delivering the same amount of iPad units. However, it is the email message that Microsoft sent to its employees:


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.

Alain Crozier
CFO | WW Sales, Marketing & Services Group
WW SMSG Finance


For me, it simply goes above the head, why someone would attempt something like this. It clearly shows that software giant admitted that iPad is superior than their whole business, and therefore, they started preventing the users from purchasing the new iPad units.