Quite a few Apple sites were running a story this morning noting that Microsoft's Sales, Marketing and Services Group (AKA SMSG) had allegedly sent out a memo forbidding employees from spending company funds to purchase iPads and Macs. The memo, supposedly from SMSG CFO Alain Crozier, was sent to 46,000 SMSG employees worldwide and was quoted at length in a ZDNet post. Here's a sample of the content: 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 US 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 US - we will work with your finance and procurement teams to send the right message and put the right processes in place. "Sending the right message" appears to be a euphemism for "telling you not to buy Apple products." TUAW reached out to Microsoft for confirmation or denial of the Apple ban, and after several hours we received a terse "No comment" from a Microsoft spokesperson. The ban makes sense -- Microsoft is traditionally an "eat our own dog food" firm, asking employees to use equipment and software that is produced by the company. But then again, Microsofties could learn something about UI and hardware design by using products created by a competitor that is now trashing them in terms of sales in the mobile devices space.Microsoft on iPad and Mac ban: No comment originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments read more..