IAAME. Specifically, a Developer for Macintosh PowerPoint.
We have a large amount of Internal Tools, like our Bug Database, that we designed internally and aren’t used outside the company. (Although I think our old Bug DBase was offered in an SDK). If we need to use any Office product, we can install it from an internal volume w/o paying for it. I don’t think it hurts revenue nor do we even consider it part of licensing revenue - these bits don’t have all the readme’s and all that, just the RTM builds located on an internal volume.
If we want to buy any of our products for our personal use, we have a “Company Store” where it is offered at an extreme discount.
Now, there are also several tools we use that are not owned by us, such as CodeWarrior, PowerBuilder, etc, that we also purchase and use. The Macs that we all use are purchased from Apple Store just like everyone else does. PCs are also purchased from the proper channels. All the various Printers in our lab are also purchased directly from those vendors. Whether we get a bulk discount or some other kind, I have no idea. But we do have several prototype machines that we need to test on ahead of time, which are given to our group for free, and which we return when we’re finished.
The only company-wide mandate about software use is that we “dogfood” our Beta stuff - IOW, we should all be using an unreleased version of any MS product that we use in our jobs, so that we can all basically be Alpha testers. For example, I’m using a MacIE Beta right now - in fact, vBulletin has uncovered a few bugs that I’ve logged while, um, Alpha testing the SDMB. If we need to use something that MS doesn’t make, nobody really cares. I would never use PPT do do any complex graphic anything. Not while I have Photoshop.
I have worked on the Mac team for the last 7 years, all of them closely with Apple Devs, so I also know of their procedures through my colleagues.
Apple employees get work machines for free, “out of their stock” so to speak. Any machines they want to buy for personal use they can purchase at an extreme discount. Or, sometimes if they’re really old they can purchase them for next to nothing.
As for using Mac Office over there or other Mac Apps, I’m not sure how that works. I know Steve Jobs has them use their own internal desktop Apps whenever possible. Example: Keynote spawned from his internal Presentation software that he brought over from NeXT.
Hope this helps…
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