Yesterday, Todd Bishop of TechFlash, while covering the Microsoft’s annual meeting at Safeco field, talked about an incident involving Steve Ballmer and a Microsoft employee holding an iPhone.
As the story goes, it happened when Ballmer was making his big entrance — slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture.
Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.
Well, I am pretty sure the twenty thousand other Microsoft employees must be wondering about a way to protect their iPhones. We can’t offer any suggestion on how to protect the iPhone but we can give them some suggestions to protect their data in the event of any Ballmer mishap. Let us try and suggest cloud based services that offer comparable features to some of the Microsoft products.
- They could use Gmail or Google Apps and use the iPhone app or mobile web app interface
- They could put their documents, spreadsheets and presentations on either Google Docs or Zoho Office Suite (even though this post is a timepass one, let me add the disclaimer here. Zoho is the sponsor of this blog) and use their awesome mobile web application
- They could put their photographs into Flickr using the newly released Flickr application
- They could use BeeJiveIM or eBuddy for chat
- They could use WordPress for blogging and use their iPhone app
- They could use SocialText for intranet and use their mobile web app
- They could use Sugarsync or Dropbox for storage
- They could use Evernote for notes and use their iPhone app
I will stop here and use crowdsourcing to gather suggestions for the beleaguered Microsoft employees who own iPhones. Feel free to chip in and save the data of the iPhone toting Microsoft employees.
Disclaimer: This is just a timepass post with no disrespect towards Microsoft. I found the whole thing funny and thought I will use this incident to pitch some of the cloud based apps that will come handy for iPhone users.