Microsoft confirms it is giving all 89,000 employees free Windows Phone 7 handsets

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Microsoft has confirmed to Networkworld rumours that the giant software company will be giving Windows Phone 7 handsets to all their employees.

“Every Microsoft employee will be getting a Windows Phone 7 phone,” says Guy Gilbert, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, in an interview with NetworkWorld.

Microsoft currently has around 89,000 employees, meaning the roll-out will be rather massive, and the cost likely close to the $50 million dollar mark.

Gilbert admitted at present not everyone at Microsoft uses a Windows Mobile device, but went on to say “… a lot of people use Windows phones, prior or current. Everybody’s very excited about the fact that they’re going to get a Windows Phone 7.”

Microsoft yesterday gave away around 1,000 LG Optimus 7 smartphones to PDC attendees (pictured above), and also confirmed the company was extremely committed to the success of the operating system.

Read more at Networkworld.com here.