This one made me smile. According to Wired, up to 80% of Microsoft’s employees own an iPod, a fact that is not sitting so well with management. Memos are starting to fly, frowning on its use. People are even resorting to “stealth” techniques like using different headphones to avoid getting noticed. Interestingly, in some divisions like the Macintosh Business Unit, iPods are almost accepted whereas in the Windows Digital Media Group, owning one is more akin to a CLM (career limiting move).
As one Microsoft iPod user said: “I don’t really care if it pisses them off, I’ll argue why they’re doing it wrong. If you want me to stop using it, give me a product that works and is as easy to use.”.
On the other hand, Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble rubbishes the story. This Wired News article is the first note I’ve seen that I’m not supposed to have an iPod.