Microsoft will be giving its employees a new Surface RT tablet, a new Windows PC and a Windows Phone 8 device, company chief Steve Ballmer revealed at Microsoft’s annual employee meeting in Seattle Thursday.
Microsoft has more than 90,000 full-time employees, and they should be receiving the tablet and the phone by late December. As far as the PC goes, employees will have the possibility to choose between a desktop, laptop, ultrabook and tablet.
The meeting was not open to the public, but some employees shared the good news on social networks such as Twitter. Some even compared Steve Ballmer to Oprah, who is known for giving away presents to its studio audience.
Great Microsoft company meeting, even ignoring my onstage cameo and Ballmer’s generous Oprah-style hardware giveaways to all employees. 😉
— Cheryl Platz (@muppetaphrodite) September 14, 2012
Steve Ballmer is the new Oprah! Our Company Meeting was so magical, everyone was glued to their seats. So much innovation!
— Mohamed Mansour (@mohamedmansour) September 14, 2012
Microsoft is known for making sure its employees are using the latest company software and hardware. The company did something similar back in 2010, when it gave all its employees a Windows Phone 7 device.