Microsoft has a new plan to stop its thousands of iPhone-wielding employees using their Apple smartphone — it intends giving all 90,000 MSFT staff a free Windows 7 phone (hear the wo0ts).

So there’ll be no excuse not to drink at Microsoft’s water fountain any more.

The good news here is that this means whichever firms throng to license the Windows 7 phone OS are guaranteed a slice of 90,000 sales, but you only really need to ponder the success (or lack of it) of the Microsoft Zune to see what a mind share war Ballmer’s boys are battling.

May even mean Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, can be a little less passionate on his feelings about the iPhone.

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