This little news tidbit made me chuckle. It looks like Microsoft employees used to be able to get a data subsidy for their devices no matter if it was a Windows Mobile or BlackBerry device. I am surprised that Microsoft did not implement this policy earlier but now subsidies are limited to Windows Mobile. I can only imagine that RIM is not subsidizing Windows Mobile data plans for their employees so all is fair.
On the other hand this makes me curious. Anybody know a employee who decided to screw the subsidy and just keep their BlackBerry? I know it was a big deal when Microsoft tried banning iPods on their Redmond campus and had a little revolt on their hands. Recently Windows Mobile has been making a bit of a comeback so maybe these employees are not worse for wear… Also I think Windows Mobile data plans may be a bit cheaper so Microsoft may just be trying to save a few bucks to make up for the Vista flop.
This could all change when BlackBerry Application Suite gets released (if it ever does). From what I am hearing now it looks like the whole BAS solution got swept under the carpet.