Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Suck It Up, Bill

Wired writes that the heavy visibility of the iPod on the Microsoft campus is ruffling the scales feathers of some management:
For example, an internal e-mail circular sent to several senior managers in mid-December talked about iPod shipments to Apple's nearby store in Bellingham.

The e-mail said: "FWIW, the gal at the Bellevue Square Apple Store said that they are getting in two shipments of 200 iPods every day to keep up with this week's demand, and are nearly constantly selling out."

The note prompted a curt reply from Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Digital Media division, who wrote the group: "I sure hope Microsoft employees are not buying iPods. We have great alternatives. Check out http://experiencemore."

Fifteen minutes later, the manager responded: "I don't know what I was thinking. I'm sure that Microsoft employees are not buying iPods, or Macs or PlayStations."
In related news, managers at Apple's corporate headquarters cackled at the news as they finished up their year-end reports in Microsoft Word and Excel.

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