Microsoft confirmed Thursday that all of its employees will receive a Windows Phone 7 phone when it launches.
“While specific details are still being finalized, we have announced that a new Windows Phone 7 will be made available to every Microsoft employee as we launch in each market around the world,” a spokeswoman said in an email. “We’re excited and remain on track to bring Windows Phone 7 to market this holiday.”
All of Microsoft’s estimated 93,000 employees will receive Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 phone, which so far exists only in a technical preview of the platform, however impressive it was in a hands-on. Microsoft has said that Windows Phone 7 phones will ship before the holiday season.
If Windows phones are being shipped to every Microsoft employee, it’s likely, although not certain, that those phones will be available on all of the major carriers, simply given the number of users.
“The process will vary based on your market, your carrier, and your launch date so stay tuned for more information closer to launch,” Microsoft senior vice president Andy Lees said in a memo obtained by Gizmodo.
HTC has already said that it plans a Windows Phone 7 phone. Microsoft, meanwhile, has said that the platform will not include cut and paste functions, a feature missing from early versions of the iPhone’s OS, but added in later updates.
Microsoft is one of the proponents of a practice known colloquially as “eating your own dogfood,” or using the products a company will ship on an internal basis before the launch. Microsoft’s mobile team was given its Kin phone to use for a month when it launched; the Kin was killed at the end of June after reported poor sales.