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03.24.12

Microsoft Forbids Competition

Posted in Apple, Microsoft at 7:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Litigious instruments to ban the competition

Steve Ballmer FAT

Summary: Another fine example of Microsoft’s sociopathic approach to competition; employees are not allowed to buy non-Microsoft products

THE NEWS is abuzz with some non-organic puff pieces about Vista 8 (must hide the truth) and already, Microsoft makes it easier for itself to claim bogus numbers of ‘copies’/'sales’, based on this commentary.

Microsoft knows that almost nobody buys Windows. OEMs license it in bulk, but end users don’t buy Windows. Had people had the choice, they would have gone for something else. Even Microsoft employees (including heads of Windows) often choose non-Microsoft products, given the choice. According to this (linking here), Microsoft is now preventing not just the general public from getting computers with non-Microsoft software preinstalled. Microsoft staff too is swindled this way:

Microsoft barring certain staff from buying Macs, iPads?

[...]

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm the authenticity of the e-mail, however the company offered “no comment” rather than an outright denial.

Microsoft’s unofficial mouthpiece helps verify this:

Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, & Operations Group (SMSG) may be putting in place a policy to prevent employees from using corporate funds to buy Macs and iPads.

Based on an alleged internal e-mail passed on to me by one of my contacts, this edict just came down last week. SMSG encompasses 46,000 Microsoft employees worldwide, according to a Microsoft Careers page about the group, and includes Microsoft’s front-line consumer and business sales, service and support people.

Here’s that supposed e-mail, from Alain Crozier, the chief financial officer of SMSG…

So there we have it.

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  1. Michael said,

    March 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

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    Many people do pick something other than Windows… OS X.

    Sadly that is the only other option that is a good competitor for most users. Desktop Linux just does not cut it. If it did, you better believe the companies that focus on it would do very well – until the Dells and HPs of the world bought them out or undersold them.

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