At MGF, in Atlanta, Microsoft announced the decision "to give every employee a new Windows Phone 7 device," according to tweets from employees. A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the news, saying that the specific devices will vary by market. And yes, they'll be actual Windows Phone 7 devices -- this isn't Microsoft's attempt to get rid of its surplus Kins. The announcement was made by Andy Lees, in an email to employees. The idea is to thank employees for all their work, and make sure that they've experience with Windows Phone 7 devices, the spokesman said.
Microsoft traditionally has a "procure your own" policy for mobile phones, with varying reimbursement amounts. With nearly 90,000 employees worldwide, the decision isn't a small one for the company, as noted by MJFoley.