About 10% of Microsoft employees use an iPhone. The estimate, developed internally by the same company in Redmond and which better than anything else symbolizes the inconvenient (for the Windows) estimate enjoyed by Apple's mobile phone within its main rival, at the center of an interesting article published today by the Wall Street Journal, entirely dedicated to the phenomenon of "iPhonization" of the window society.
The financial newspaper, using several sources close to Microsoft itself, describes a controversial horizon where, alongside about 10 thousand iPhones (10% of Microsoft's workforce), company leaders are understandably not happy with the preferences in terms of employee telephony. The disapproval for those who use the Apple mobile phone that Ballmer has publicly and jokingly expressed (during a meeting he pretended to jump on an iPhone torn from the hands of a Microsoft employee in the front row), in the buildings of Seattle and in all branches of the world taken very seriously to the point of having been at the center of some discussions and interviews with window workers in an attempt to understand what reasons push them to use a competitive product.
In general, the use of iPhones, although not explicitly prohibited, is poorly tolerated in Microsoft to the point that using it is not considered socially acceptable especially during meetings with managers. In these cases, you prefer to keep the phone hidden, says the Wall Street Journal, or camouflage it with cases that don't let you know which phone it is. What is certain is that if some of Microsoft's leaders continue to use iPhones (like J Allard) others have publicly given up on it; the symbolically most sensational act was done by Stephen Elop, president of the business division, who placed his iPhone in an industrial blender destroying it.
Meanwhile, notes the financial newspaper, Microsoft has not been providing subsidies for corporate phones since the beginning of 2009 that are not based on the Windows brand. Officially this is an initiative that has to do with the desire to reduce costs, but if someone suspects that it may somehow be connected to too many iPhones circulating within the walls of the buildings of the company founded by Bill Gates, perhaps it is not wrong altogether.