There's been a considerable amount of discussion lately about Apple, our image, and if Microsoft employees should buy Apple products. There is no official policy that says I can't buy an iPod, iPhone or a Mac.
But how does this look to you?
Do you think more or less of me if I do? Do you care what kind of phone I use? What kind of message am I sending to you if I purchase the 3G iPhone 2? I mean after all, I'm a paid Microsoft Evangelist not an Apple Evangelist.
What does evangelist mean exactly? I always think it means I get to preach the Microsoft gospel. Praise the Lord!!! I like doing that. I have high confidence in our products. But I grew up being a Consultant with one of the "Big Six" integrators where I was a trusted advisor and always recommended the best product or solution for the customer.
I already have a Mac. My MacBook Pro is a Microsoft asset and I use it to understand where we are strong and weak relative to the competition. When I do reporting on that type of analysis, I really try to be fair in my judgements and trust me, the Windows group hasn't been pleased with everything I've said. Neither have the Apple enthusiasts.
So, should I be evil and buy yet another Apple product or drive a stake in the ground and never buy again?