Microsoft cracking down on Apple device usage at press conferences/private events? [Update: False]

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by Mike
Posted December 9th, 2009 at 6:58 am

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**Update: Looks like filing that rumor in the rumor cabinet was worthwhile after all — (Link)

File this in the “half rumor” file cabinet for now. I say “half rumor” because the comments on which this post is based are in German. A German dialect that is apparently too much for Google Translate to handle. The resulting english output is anything but readable. But we press on. Supposedly bloggers and journalists attending a Microsoft event in Germany were warned by a Microsoft employee/rep to “not mention or use any Apple devices during the press conference”. Hmmm, can anyone say communist policies? I’m all for being determined and loyal to your own brand, but telling individuals who voluntarily come to your press events what they can and cannot use is ridiculous. Even Apple with their totalitarian ways don’t exercise such restraints. Then again, this is all based off of Google Translate’s attempt and utter failure at trying to decipher the cryptic German message.

With the initial shock of a “no-Mac zone” put behind them, the journalists sat through another apology of sorts by Microsoft for the lackluster WinMo 6.5 and extreme delay in WinMo 7’s release. Pretty standard affair these days. Though denying entrance to your events to get people interested in your products simply because they choose a competitors product that they feel is better is a pretty poor way to gain any sympathy or mend a broken relationship with their potential customer base. Just sayin’…

So fellow bloggers, journalists, and mere citizens: What would you say to Microsoft if they tried to stop you from whipping out your Macbook at a Microsoft event?

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