Thieves break into Microsoft office, steal…only iPads

This is too rich to pass up. Thieves broke into Microsoft’s Mountain View, CA office over Christmas, and–despite that there were likely many expensive gadgets bearing that company’s name–stole only a stack of iPads, according to Mountain View police.

Get the jokes ready. “Microsoft’s Surface tablets are so bad people won’t even steal them!”

Here’s an excerpt from the story, found on the HuffingtonPost:com website:

When thieves broke into Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., last month, more than a few of the company’s products — perhaps even new Surface tablets — were presumably lying around.

But instead, they swiped five Apple iPads — and nothing else, according to police.

Thieves broke into Microsoft’s offices at 1075 La Avenida Road sometime between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, Mountain View Police Sgt. Sean Thompson confirmed to the Huffington Post on Tuesday. It remained unclear how they entered the building, he said.

A Microsoft employee told police that the staff owned iPads because they were testing Microsoft software applications for Apple products, Thompson said. He said police have no suspects and are still looking over surveillance video.

“Theft of iPads aren’t unusual, but the place where it took place is, to me, unusual,” Thompson said. “It’s an Apple product at a Microsoft office.”

News of the theft, which was first reported in the Palo Alto Daily Post, is the latest sign that Apple’s iPad remains the most sought-after in the tablet market, which since October has included the Microsoft Surface.

In November, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said sales of Microsoft’s tablet were “starting modestly.” But NPD, a retail sales tracking firm, said sales of Windows 8 tablets had been “almost nonexistent” during a four-week period from Oct. 21 to Nov. 17, making up less than 1 percent of all Windows 8 device sales.

In addition, Wall Street analysts from Piper Jaffray said they found shoppers at an Apple Store on Black Friday in the Mall of America in Minneapolis bought an average of 11 iPads per hour, while not one Microsoft Surface tablet was sold at a nearby Microsoft store during a two-hour period when analysts monitored the store.

It’s like the story of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. While the team recently won the Super Bowl in 2009, it was once the joke and laughingstock of the league, according to Wikipedia:

In 1980, the Saints lost their first 14 games, prompting local sportscaster Bernard “Buddy D” Diliberto to advise Saints supporters to wear paper bags over their heads at the team’s home games; many bags rendered the club’s name as the “‘Aints” rather than the “Saints.”

It was widely reported that after a particularly bad performance, a fan parked his car at a local shopping mall and left his season tickets on the dashboard with the windows down, hoping someone would steal them. Instead, he returned some time later to find another set of season tickets next to his on the dashboard.

For Microsoft, this has to be like a punch in the gut and a terrible embarrassment. There’s been no comment from the company, just that it is “still looking into the theft at its Mountain View offices and declined to comment.”


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