Newly appointed Yahoo! CEO (and former Google employee) Marissa Mayer wants to give all of her staff new iPhones, in a move that will likely put the leader’s relationship with Google and its Android platform in to question.
Mayer, an iPhone user herself, believes Yahoo! and its employees would benefit from owning the same branded device and accompanying software for ‘consistency’, and she is willing to use the company’s cash reserves to gift every worker with Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPhone 5..
In a post on Business Insider, ex-Yahoo! employee Sririam Krishnan supports Mayer’s plans, albeit offering workers the choice of an Android handset as well:
“No more BlackBerries as the official devices at Yahoo. Everyone gets an iPhone or an Android”, Krishnan writes.
“Fire the IT people who protest. Upgrade internal IT and development systems/tools to what modern startups use. Hard to expand on this without breaking confidentiality but every Yahoo engineer reading this knows what I’m talking about.”
Although Yahoo! has not confirmed the news, a report from AllThingsD says Mayer is open to offering staff an Android device, as an alternative to the iPhone.
To implement the plan and provide the ten-thousand plus staff with an Apple iPhone will likely cost Yahoo! millions of dollars, not a huge amount in comparison to the company’s billions of dollars in reserve.