• Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

Microsoft is giving all its employees free Windows 8 phones and tablets

Right so, who wants to work for Microsoft? I bet its 90 000+ full time staff members were pretty glad to be employed by the Redmond-based company this week: its CEO announced that they will all receive a free Microsoft Surface, a work station upgrade and a Windows 8 smartphone.

At the company’s annual employee meeting, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer apparently became the new Oprah. While it’s unclear if he stood around saying “You get a Surface! And you get a Surface! And you get a Surface!”. Forbes reports that he announced that all of the company’s full time direct employees will receive a free Surface RT tablet, a Windows 8 smartphone and a new Windows 8 work PC (desktop, laptop, ultrabook or tablet). It’s not certain exactly which smartphones they’ll be receiving — but both Samsung and Nokia have been working on Windows 8 devices.

It seems that the Microsoft staff won’t have to wait for the general release date before they receive the devices running Microsoft’s new OS: according to The Verge, the distribution of the new work devices has already started, and the other gadgets are scheduled to follow in the next few weeks. Windows 8 will only be available to the public from 26 October, the Surface’s release is scheduled for the same day and the Lumia 920 is due sometime in November.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More

More in Microsoft

Gartner: Google and Apple are disrupting Microsoft

Read More »