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Submission + - Microsoft barring certain staff from buying Macs, iPads (electronista.com)

mr100percent writes: Microsoft has reportedly moved to prohibit employees in its Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, and Operations Group (SMSG) from using company funds to purchase any products produced by Apple. The company had already barred staffers from using expense allocations for competing smartphone platforms, however the new guidelines explicitly note that Macs and iPads have been added to the list.

"Within SMSG we are putting in place a new policy that says that Apple products (Mac & iPad) should not be purchased with company funds," an alleged letter distributed to staff reads, according to excerpts posted on ZDNet.


Submission + - Microsoft to open Mall of America store across fro (electronista.com)

mr100percent writes: Electronista is reporting that Microsoft is going to increase its pressure on Apple by building its latest retail store directly across from the Apple Store in the Mall of America (Minneapolis). Previous Microsoft stores have opened near Apple's before, but this would be the first to sit directly next to each other. The company has made no reservations about the stores being meant to imitate and potentially lure away customers and has gone so far as to have a Genius Bar equivalent, the Answer Desk, and to hold high-profile openings. Won't Microsoft be embarrassed when their store is twice as wide, but a quarter as crowded.

Ballmer Beaten by Spyware 501

Devil's BSD writes "At a Windows Vista reviewers conference, Microsoft platform president Jim Allchin told a rather amusing story about Steve Ballmer. Apparently, a friend asked him to rid his computer of the spyware and malware that had accumulated over the years. As the story goes, neither Ballmer nor Microsoft's top engineers could fix the infested computer. The article goes on to discuss and compare Microsoft's new security offering, Windows Live OneCare."

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