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Microsoft bans purchases of Apple products with company funds

In a leaked email between Microsoft and the company’s marketing and sales employees, Apple products such as iPads and Macs are not allowed to be purchased using company funds. However, employees may use these items at work as long as they were purchased with their own money.

The leaked email was apparently sent from Microsoft’s Alan Crozier, Chief Financial Officer of the Sales, Marketing, Services, IT & Operations Group (SMSG). This is what was said:

“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 U.S. 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 U.S., 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 U.S. are provided in the attachment to help understand the changes that will be needed. Thank you for your support and leadership on this,” the leaked email stated.

The funny thing here is that employees at Microsoft are allowed to buy and use iPads and Macs on campus, but they must be privately purchased. Microsoft just doesn’t want these employees purchasing Apple products using company funds.

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