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Microsoft Says No to April Fools' Day

Paul Rubens - March 28, 2019 - 06:01 AM
Microsoft Says No to April Fools' Day
Jokes do not always reflect well on the company so they are now off limits, the company has decreed.

(CCM) — Microsoft is pouring cold water over the 500-year-old tradition of April Fools' Day by banning its employees from perpetrating any pranks on the first day of April.

An internal memo from Chis Capossela, the company's marketing chief, has effectively outlawed any japes in Microsoft's name, according to a Verge report.

"Sometimes the outcomes are amusing and sometimes they're not. Either way, data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles," he warned in the memo. "I'm asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts," he added.

In the past Microsoft has indulged in such pranks as announcing an MS-DOS for Windows Phone, while fellow tech-giant Google offered users the chance to search for smells via Google Nose and even added Despicable Me minions into emails in a prank which backfired, forcing Google to apologize.

It is not yet clear whether Google and other technology companies which have participated in pranks in the past, such as Amazon, Snap, and T-Mobile, will join Microsoft in banning April 1 festivities.

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