iPods @ Microsoft – Enemy Inside The Gates

What would you do if your employees started using (and LOVING!!!) something from a rival? From Wired:

To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft’s management, Apple Computer’s iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft’s workers.
“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.”
The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player — that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft’s corporate campus. “This irks the management team no end,” said the source.

Tipped off by MacMinute.

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1 Anonymous February 2, 2005 at 9:02 pm

I dunno, I think it would be a bigger deal if 80% of their employees were using Mac OS X. Unless I’m horribly wrong, MSFT doesn’t have a rival portable MP3 player on the market.

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2 Anonymous February 3, 2005 at 2:02 am

I dunno, I think it would be a bigger deal if 80% of their employees were using Mac OS X. Unless I’m horribly wrong, MSFT doesn’t have a rival portable MP3 player on the market.

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