When you can’t force your own employees to get on board with a product, what hope does a company have convincing the rest of us?
Such is the case this week at internet giant Yahoo, who have been left red-faced after an staff memo found its way out of the Silicon Valley headquarters, according to All Things D.
The note – from Yahoo senior vice president of communications products, Jeff Bonforte, and CIO, Randy Roumillat – details how only 25 per cent of employees use the company’s email offering.
To add insult to embarrassment, that is after executives exhorted everyone to make the switch from Microsoft’s outlook.
Taking a swipe at their competitor, the title of the Yahoo email memo was: ‘Windows 95 called and they want their mail app back.’
Another part of the quirky note to staff says that ‘(Outlook is) an anachronism of the now defunct 90s PC era’.
Some tech insiders have suggested the memo was written with the expectation it could leak to the media.
‘Certainly, we can admire the application for its survival, an anachronism of the now defunct 90s PC era, a pre-web program written at a time when NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son’s utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl,’ the pair wrote, according to All Things D.
‘We have clearly failed in our goal to move our co-workers to Yahoo Mail.
‘It doesn’t feel like we are asking you to abandon some glorious place of communications nirvana.
‘At this point in your life, Outlook may be familiar, which we can often confuse with productive or well designed.’
Yahoo Mail has come under fire in recent weeks following an expansive re-design in October.
Many of the 300 million users have complained
As part of the changes, Yahoo removed the ability to see multiple emails at once.
There was such outrage over the new Yahoo Mail that a Change.org petition called ‘Yahoo: Bring back the old version of Yahoo Mail!”, which has garnered almost 39,000 signatures.
Yahoo has said that it’s ‘listening to all of the community feedback’ regarding the changes.
source: dailymail UK