Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thanks to Microsoft and Google! Where is Apple?

Based on the title you may be jumping to a bunch of conclusions, like, oh here goes Steve bashing iPhones and iTunes again just cuz he likes his Android device, but you are wrong.

I just spent the last few days at the Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN in Atlanta. And one of the Diamond Sponsors (highest level) has been Microsoft for quite a few years, along with Blackbaud.  I applaud their involvement and support! Plus Google did have some involvement, they had a booth, ran some sessions, etc.  Plus they do have some great nonprofit programs like YouTube nonprofit channels.

So where is Apple in all of this? At the conference iPhones were everywhere, vendors were flinging around free iPads like they were candy and little bitten apples were glowing on Mac books on tables.

But again, where is Apple in all of this? No sponsorships, no involvement, no nonprofit programs? Or am I just totally missing the boat?


Jeff Wilk said...

They are too busy figuring out ways to make cutesy things people will buy that are completely incompatible with 90% of the world.

Peter Campbell said...

You're not missing a thing -- Apple has no charity donation programs at all. Best we can do is enroll in school or buy things refurbished. Googling "apple charity" gets a top line link to how they're happy to use charitable organizations to pimp their products (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/articles/2008/12/charitychecks/) and some small charitable efforts that seem largely promotional (http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=10331&Page=1&pagePos=11, http://news.cnet.com/Red-iPod-supports-AIDS-charity/2100-1041_3-6125608.html), but they are overall absent when compared to MS, Google, Cisco Salesforce, and other peers, who make long-term and multiple commitments to our sector.

I love my Macbook Pro, but I get more disenchanted with their business practices by the day.

Steve Heye said...

Thanks for the comments Jeff and Peter! I am surprised that others havent brought this up before. But I do see that many hardware companies like Dell, HP and IBM arent quite as involved but I do believe they have something. Not like the completely closed walls of Apple.