Burglary at Microsoft research campus, only iPads taken

By , Jan 5, 2013

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Here’s a funny little story for your Saturday morning. A report popped up yesterday that Microsoft communicated to police earlier this week that there had been a burglary in one of the buildings on its campus in Mountain View, California.

The thief, or thieves, broke into 3 offices in Building 5 on the campus between December 19 and 26, when most folks were gone for the holidays. And — here’s the funny part — despite all of the gadgets laying around, only iPads were taken…

The Daily Post (via Joshua Anderson) reports:

“Microsoft reported that two iPad 2s, and two iPad 3s with a combined value of more than $3,000 were taken some time time between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 on the company’s campus. A police report also said a fifth tablet — described as an iPad4, worth $729 — was taken as well…

…No Microsoft products were reported stolen.”

From the looks of it, this was more than likely an inside job. Police say they’ve found no evidence of forced entry, and Microsoft says that all of its employees have access to the building and all its offices through their electronic key cards.

Still, you just picture this thief scouring the building saying “Surface, no. Surface Pro, no. Prototype of new Windows Phone, no. Aha, iPads!” I mean, there had to be all kinds of Microsoft goodies in there. After all, it is a research campus.

At the moment, there aren’t any suspects. But Microsoft says it has some video surveillance in the building, and will be reviewing it to see who was around during the time frame of the theft.

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  • Muhammad

    Apply cold water to that burn

    • marco1993

      There’s an app for that
      Maybe Microsoft should download it

  • seyss

    I lol’d

  • http://twitter.com/TimothyBryant94 Timothy Bryant™

    Lol

  • http://twitter.com/iHacker99 SuperDev

    Microsoft’s gadgets totally suck

    • Um

      completely false but okay

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

        he stated his opinion and a person cannot be completely false in their own opinion. i happen to agree with SuperDev that MS sucks and that’s my opinion from personal experience.

      • PeterBlood

        Exactly and Surface RT tablets aren’t exactly flying off the shelves now are they? Could it be becuzzzz…. they SUCK!!? I predict likewise for the craptastic $1,000+ Surface Pro.

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        And explain using constructive criticism why they suck. Have you used them?

      • PeterBlood

        Sorry I typed a bunch of stuff but hit a wrong button and it all went away. Seriously. Not going to spend time re-doing it.

      • PeterBlood
      • Sohaib Ali

        All the links you posted are all biased if you noticed. They are so biased that it seems all the numbers are made up. And it does not say which location only sold 2 surface’s at their store. soo biased!! When I went to the store I checked the surface out and it is definitely better then the ipad but the app store for microsoft isn’t strong yet. but i wont buy the surface rt no way, im waiting for something bigger sent from the sky so powerful that it will break ipad when it comes close to it. Its the surface pro, thats what the buzz is about. surface rt is for lozers who like ipads! anything else you would like to say!!!

      • PeterBlood

        Naturally anything that doesn’t support your lying SOS point of view is “biased”. Keep reveling in your world of misinformation, rationalization biases, lies, denial and FUD. You are a laughably predictable delusional TechTard who thinks he has the power to reinterpret anything he chooses.

        The numbers don’t lie. In the U.S. Apple reigns supreme in smart phones and tablets (iPads) and in the rest of the world the majority of Android phones are not the top but bottom of the line cheap Android phone. Nothing to be proud of certainly. Surface is DOA on arrival.

        Read these and stay in your fool’s paradise denial:

        11 Apple iPads per hour vs. zero Microsoft Surface tablets – Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech
        http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/26/microsoft-surface-tablet-apple-ipad/

        Microsoft Can’t Catch a Break: Tablet Sales “Almost Nonexistent” According to NPD | Daily Ticker – Yahoo! Finance
        http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/microsoft-t-catch-break-tablet-sales-almost-nonexistent-183945848.html

        Microsoft Surface tablet sales to slump below 1 million this quarter | Digital Trends
        http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/surface-sales-below-1m-units/

        Surface tablet’s Touch Cover splits at seam, users gripe | Microsoft – CNET News
        http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57547549-75/surface-tablets-touch-cover-splits-at-seam-users-gripe/

        Surface is vastly mediocre and virtually no one but questionably intelligent people want them. Overpriced and underwhelming. To paraphrase Fleetwood Mac “Tell your lies, your sour cretinous little lies.”

      • PeterBlood

        Laughably predictable by types like you – everyone is “biased” if they disagree with you. You will wait forever to find anyone topping Apple in the quality of their devices and profit share. Spoken like a true blind Apple Hater.

        http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/26/microsoft-surface-tablet-apple-ipad/

        http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/surface-sales-below-1m-units/

        http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/microsoft-t-catch-break-tablet-sales-almost-nonexistent-183945848.html

        http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57547549-75/surface-tablets-touch-cover-splits-at-seam-users-gripe/

      • PeterBlood

        Laughably predictable by types like you – everyone is “biased” if they disagree with you. You will wait forever to find anyone topping Apple in the quality of their devices and profit share. Spoken like a true blind Apple Hater.

        11 Apple iPads per hour vs. zero Microsoft Surface tablets – Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

        Microsoft Surface tablet sales to slump below 1 million this quarter | Digital Trends

        Microsoft Can’t Catch a Break: Tablet Sales “Almost Nonexistent” According to NPD | Daily Ticker – Yahoo! Finance

        Surface tablet’s Touch Cover splits at seam, users gripe | Microsoft – CNET News

      • PeterBlood

        Laughably predictable by types like you – everyone is “biased” if they disagree with you. What a moron saying the numbers are “made up.” You will wait forever to find anyone topping Apple in the quality of their devices and profit share. Spoken like a true blind Apple Hater.

        11 Apple iPads per hour vs. zero Microsoft Surface tablets – Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

        Microsoft Surface tablet sales to slump below 1 million this quarter | Digital Trends

        Microsoft Can’t Catch a Break: Tablet Sales “Almost Nonexistent” According to NPD | Daily Ticker – Yahoo! Finance

        Surface tablet’s Touch Cover splits at seam, users gripe | Microsoft – CNET News

        How many friggin’ articles pointing out the truth do you need??????

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Consider getting Lazarus extension for your browser.

    • pawfyd

      Except for their harware. They make really nice keyboards, mice and their Xbox 360 controller is perfect. I use it all the time playing games on my PC.

      • XCOM5

        The mice and keyboards were made by Logitech, just have an MS badge. The Xbox was theirs, you can tell by the record hardware failure and return rates, so I would say that by any measure you would have to say that their hardware sucks too (the Zune got decent hardware reviews as it was just a rebadged toshiba mp3 player) :o)

    • Matthew

      Agreed. Except for XBOX.

      • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

        :)

  • http://twitter.com/iHacker99 SuperDev

    Not surprised

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Jameel/100003062583702 Mohammed Jameel

    idiots!

  • http://twitter.com/rickz97 Ricky

    Why are there apple product there? Just funny its microsoft building and theres apple product being used

    • aj

      For r&d..they would want to put the functions of ipad in surface

      • http://www.facebook.com/fourinchworld Michael Scott Allen

        Jesus Christ, really? Office for iOS you moron…..

      • aj

        I think that u are a moron..what i meant to said was that microsoft would want to learn more about iOS and steal some of its functions to make surface or the next version of windos sell better. Every company does it and no need to be shy of it..you can succeed only if u are well aware of the compition. Would the consumer buy my product which is for 1000$ when your product for 400$ is better than mine? No..but morons like u dont understand it. If your competition is one step ahead of u, you’ve gotta be two steps ahead of them. You have to plan on how to fight the competition and if you have to copy a couple of things of the competition to succeed, then so be it. You are a complete moron..where did i talk about office??? I guess that you keep dreaming in daylight or have some sickness.

    • macboy74

      They have all Apple products for r&d and for making programs. They have been using imacs for years now to make office mac. You have to remember they are a software company first.
      If this was me I would have definitely grabbed a few surfaces.

      • Matthew

        If this was me I would’ve smashed and broken a few surfaces.

      • PeterBlood

        Why? You need a couple doorstops?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.reese.547 Jason Reese

    It was Bill Gates kids that broke in, that’s what happens when you don’t give them what they asked for on christmas…

    • NY

      Hahaha that what came in my mind when I read the news

  • voltik

    Why would Microsoft want to report this to the cops? Save your face and the humiliation of this getting out to the public by swallowing the costs to purchase competitors products.

    • marco1993

      I think the thief was kinda rooting for that

  • http://twitter.com/HighTechPotato John Wayne

    Well if it the thief/thieves work(s) there, then he/they probably knew the prototypes and stuff so he/they just grabbed some nice gadgets

  • stefn

    Ha!

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    Bad Luck Microsoft, has the unique opportunity to get a tablet market share, robbers steal the iPad’s instead.

  • Daniel

    Thieves always take the most valuable things from your house. *laughing*

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Ouch, that’s gotta hurt…better not be as trashy as implied Microsoft; still looking forward to the Surface Pro b4 I touch a toyPad.

    • PeterBlood

      There’ll be a very lonesome passing wind blowing through the Microsoft Stores when that day arrives. 4 figure tablets are a FAIL.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        So what exactly is the benefit of even going to the store when you can get the same stuff done online? To show it off to a big crowd of fantards once you get it?

        4 Figure tablets (like the Surface pro) are ultrabooks in a tablet form factor and you expect them to be as low priced as limited functionality tablets -.-

      • PeterBlood

        I agree. But of course doesn’t explain packed Apple Stores. There is little advantage to using a Surface Pro over a laptop and in fact the laptop is a more stable typing surface so for a grand or much less you can get a much nicer portable or buy a $500 laptop and an iPad for the cost of a Surface Pro. I predict the SP (aka Suppressive Portable) sell like coldcakes.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        What’s your explanation for packed apple stores besides noobs/fantards/local availablity?

        You calling the fact that it does everything the iPad does (including taking of hand written notes) and much more a little advantage? That’s some big definition you have for the term “little”.

        How exactly is a laptop more stable in typing? Only when it’s on your lap can you consider a laptop more stable for typing essays; but get real, who does that withouth a desk/table. For emails, the touchscreen keyboard suits just fine in that situation.

        I’ll admit the toyPad has a nicer UI, but when it gets to real work (not just consumption), a pretty UI ain’t gonna cut it. About the hardware, the Surface design is far better IMO. About carrying a cheap laptop and a toyPad, that’s one of the major reasons I chose not to go for a Surface RT (despite the fact that it offers more functionality than a toypad); it requires me to now carry two delicate computers around with me, where one is just for note taking and the other does all the rest. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather just get a $3 200 page notebook to achieve the same thing the toyPad offers over my top notch Laptop.

      • PeterBlood

        That’s your misguided belief. Jealous about Apple Stores so feel you have to denigrate people who have made that choice?

        Go ahead, knock yerself out with a Surface tablet if you think it’s so great. Obviously you’ve already made up your mind. Some things are self-evident and some things are just desperate Fantard bias justification madness. Microsoft copying Apple doesn’t impress me anymore than when Samsung does it. Why should I buy something from an also-ran like Microsoft who’s clearly headed toward irrelevance whatever their merits (remember Zune, not a bad player but a gigantic FAIL)? In the court of world opinion they are lacking in many ways, including mobile mind share. And they are fatally late to the party like with Zune.

        For real work I use real computers like my Mac Pro as I am at this minute. Microsoft has had full Windows tablets for like 10 years and nobody bought those either. It’s a niche market for full OS tablets in my opinion. Functionally I think the Surface is a mess. Who needs kludgy tiles? I can do whatever I want pretty much instantaneously on an iPad. For what I personally need an iPad rocks. You should always use what fits your own working paradigm best I agree. BTW “top notch” and “Windows laptop” are an oxymoron. Enjoy your choices, YOU have to live with them.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        And that’s your misguided belief, thinking going to line up outside a store is wiser than getting the same thing done online in a fraction of the time.

        Go ahead, knock yourself out with a toyPad if you think it’s gonna bring any benefit over a Windows laptop and a paper notebook. Obviously you too have already made up your mind.

        Claiming that Microsoft copied crapple is as bias as you iTards get; a little google search would have shown you that Microsoft created the first tablet PC years ago, yet no one took it as a revolutionary product. Then Crapple recently made a dumbed down version of it and a bunch of iSheeps accepted it as a revolutionary product because their herd master said so.

        Again, speaking stuff out of your ass doesn’t make it logical iTards. Quit following crapple’s behind and learn to think for yourself!

      • PeterBlood

        No I never stated a preference for a store or online. I’ve done both. Depends on when you need it. A non-issue you are trying to make into one. Get over it. Again just intense jealousy on your part.

        I am not comparing full OS capability to an iPad. I use an iPad for what it does well is all. Funny thing is the things an iPad does well is what a lot of people only do with a full OS, hence the reason Windows PC’s are falling dramatically in sales. Their needs are being met with iPads or Android tablets. I am very happy with what my desktop and iPads do for me and FIT MY NEED. You are trying to cram your needs into my own and everyone else. No need, your needs are bound to be different. I don’t have a problem with whatever combination of tech works best for you.

        It’s a fact Microsoft has copied Apple practically their entire corporate life, c’mon how dumb can you be trying to rewrite history. Even the Microsoft Stores are spitting image of Apple Stores right down to employee t-shirts and lanyards. Where do you think Gates got the idea for a GUI driven OS? Jobs saw a crude version of a GUI OS first at Xerox, licensed it and radically improved it with the Mac.

        Crapple? iSheep? Really? I guess you are pretty dumb after all. Those cheap terms are the last bastion of the desperate Fantard clueless without an argument. They’ve been said disingenuously to death so often they now have ZERO effect. I visualize an unimaginative parroting chump with a hairnet job when it’s said.

        The idea of a tablet is nothing new (Star Trek, Atari, Acorn & others did it before Microsoft) and yeah Microsoft has had klunktastic two ton tablets with a stylus no one wanted for about 10 years. Apple showed ‘em how to do it right. Just like music players. There was everybody else’s terrible offerings and then Apples and it was a market they kept even if they weren’t first. Apple sees some of the available technology and puts their spin on it, which is usually pretty darn good. They don’t do it unless they can do something special with it.

        It’s hilarious you think I don’t think for myself when that’s precisely what you are doing. I don’t make up things or try to twist history like you ultra-maroons do with your tenuous grasp of tech history. Your ass flapping talk is even more hilarious than Jim Carrey’s.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Hahaha, jealousy? Thrust me, I’ll be getting jealous of the imbecile suing/anti-competitive machine you iTards worship b4 getting jealous of you iTards.

        Again, just cause the percentage increase in PC sales is smaller than that of toyPads doesn’t imply the number of PC sales are smaller iDiot. Get your math straight. Cram my needs into your what? Now you’re just talking like your herd of iTards…

        Believe what you wanna believe iTard; google’s got your red pill waiting whenever you’re ready to take it.

      • PeterBlood

        Once again you stoop to the level of an unimaginative parrot with the juvenile and repetitive iTard stuff. Speak for yourself which of course you are. Jealous yeah. You sure seem preoccupied enough with it as your arguments fall into delusional dust.

        PC sales are dropping due to iPad’s and Mac’s. Sure there are still a lot of PC’s sold but it’s the first time in years it’s gotten serious and scary for companies like HP & Dell (check their stock prices – VERY scary). Try to deal with the phenom. It’s only going to get worse with time.

        If you’re the best of what “Google sheep” has to offer rest assure people are running in the opposite direction. Now go back to your Mom & Dad’s basement and finish your video game kid.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Delusional you are indeed; calling me jealous of a line up outside a store. Get a life kid.

        Sure PC sales are dropping, but not just because of toyPads and Macs, that’s just an iTard’s pipe dream. If you do a little reasearch, you find tonnes more reasons than just crapple devices, including the fact that PC+ devices (hybrids of laptops+tablets) are being sold.

        Not surprised, you iTards are moving away from doing research before accepting word of mouth to just accepting what your herd master talks. Now go stick your head up your herd master’s ass since you can’t afford to think for yourself kid.

      • XCOM5

        I guess you are like six years old or something?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        I guess you’re like a dick sucker or something?

      • XCOM5

        Yet another fantastic, witty, eloquent and well reasoned reply. Hell, I like you :o)) No wonder the WIndows world is in a state of panic when the only people left willing to defend them are silly misinformed little boys such as yourself xO

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        And no wonder crapple is drastically losing stock value, cause they’ve got enough iSheeps, like you, to say whatever they want to (and you’ll automagically accept it) and milk for cash whenever they chose; thus they care not for any more innovative ideas.

      • XCOM5

        Despite being funny to read (even though your problems are clearly nothing to laugh about), your latest epic retort does not even make sense. Do you understand English? You certainly don’t understand anything about the PC industry so it’s difficult to tell :o))) …anyway, fun though it is, I should really stop baiting the fanbitches… so run along little boy, and remember to ask your teacher what a ‘PC’ is and that way you won’y get laughed at quite so much at school. Your bitterness would suggest to me you are getting bullied too, so good luck!

      • PeterBlood

        Thanks Parrotman. It’s like I have a Myna bird here. Can’t do any better than to copy things I say junior?

        IT’S TOTALLY BECAUSE OF IPADS AND MACS and maybe the economy a bit as well as kids don’t want them. And the progression to mobile tablets. PC’s just don’t have the hold they once had and Microsoft has NEVER been the purveyor of cool stuff that people want. The sales you are talking about are a mere blip. I suggest you do your own research. Hybrids, ultra books, whatever, the whole PC magilla is suffering. Hold a mirror up to your face if you want to see just a retard in general. You are the one making it up as you go along. I take a certain amount of pride in knowing what I am talking about as you just blather nonsense, the ravings of a fool. The slump below

        PC sales continue slump amid iPad takeover
        http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/13/technology/pc_sales/index.htm

        PC Sales Slump as Kids Say No to Computers
        http://www.wired.com/business/2012/10/pc-sales-slump/

        What the PC sales slump really means — and why it will get worse
        http://www.infoworld.com/t/desktop-computers/what-the-pc-sales-slump-really-means-and-why-it-will-get-worse-197741

        PC sales slump following Windows 8 launch
        http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/news/a442525/pc-sales-slump-following-windows-8-launch.html

      • PeterBlood

        Thanks Parrotman. It’s like I have a Myna bird here. Can’t do any better than to copy things I say junior?

        IT’S TOTALLY BECAUSE OF IPADS AND MACS and maybe the economy a bit as well as kids don’t want them. And the progression to mobile tablets. PC’s just don’t have the hold they once had and Microsoft has NEVER been the purveyor of cool stuff that people want. The sales you are talking about are a mere blip. I suggest you do your own research. Hybrids, ultra books, whatever, the whole PC magilla is suffering.

        Hold a mirror up to your face if you want to see just a retard in general. You are the one making it up as you go along. I take a certain amount of pride in knowing what I am talking about as you just blather nonsense, the ravings of a fool. You wouldn’t know research if it bit you on the posterior area you speak from.

        Google these headlines and get educated youngster instead of putting your head up yer arse, assuming you know how to read and Mom isn’t translating:

        * Microsoft: Can This Company Be Any Less Dead?
        * US: PC sales slump, iPad to blame
        * PC sales continue slump amid iPad takeover
        * PC Sales Slump as Kids Say No to Computers
        * What the PC sales slump really means — and why it will get worse
        * PC sales slump following Windows 8 launch

      • XCOM5

        Put something on that burn fanboy, you are getting embarrassing :o))

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Cause my comment is unbiased and doesn’t agree with what your herd master talks it implies I’m a fanboy? Such wise reasoning you iTards have -_-

      • XCOM5

        Ask your mommy to show it to your school doctor and see what he says. That kind of twisted bitterness could cause yoyu real problems when you grow up :D

    • macboy74

      You mean the same toy pad that just about all fortune 500 companies use? Apparently you never used a surface, I did and like many others returned it after ten days.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Apparently you don’t (nor the several other companies you speak of) expect much from a Tablet, hence why you go for the limited toyPad (probably for just presentations, emailing and some gaming). The Surface you bought is just a Microsoft branded toyPad with a USB/HDMI port built in. I’d much rather use my laptop than buy such limited functionality hardware that would require me to still carry my Laptop with me to get any computer stuff done.

        The surface pro on the other hand, is both a toyPad and my laptop merged into one; can’t compare that functionality to a toyPad, and nor can you compare the price.

      • macboy74

        I have a nexus 7, iPad 3 and an iPad mini and there all for messing around with. I also have a 13″ macbook pro and a 21″ iMac for doing real work and program and application development stuff I cannot do on any tablet computer including the surface pro.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Uhm, if you can do it on a Mac OS X computer, then there’s no reason (except for screen size) it can’t be done on a much more flexible Windows computer. And if you can do it on a WIndows computer, you can do it on a Surface Pro.

        So, the only “real work” that makes sense according to your comment is one that requires a big screen; in which case, I’m sure a rich guy like you has enough change to throw at a 23″ monitor on eBay.

      • XCOM5

        You think ‘Fortune 500′ means ‘several’ companies????!!!! ….seriously???? ….

  • erickwong

    It’s worth keeping in mind that Microsoft Research is a respectable academic unit that is generally quite far removed from product development. Unlike the rest of the company they are probably free to use whatever tools suit them. They aren’t building the next Surface, they’re working on big long-term problems in math and CS.

  • tayloradubose

    How embarrassing

  • Sid

    FindmyiPad

  • PeterBlood

    Boy this is rich. Microsoft can’t even get thieves to steal their junk. Yeah maybe it was Bill Gates desperate kids needing some real tech. Heh.

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