No April Fool's for Microsoft

Posted on April 1, 2019

Microsoft is not having any of the April Fool's nonsense this year. An internal memo was sent around the company warning employees not to participate. There clearly won't be any corporate Microsoft pranks.

The Verge reports that Microsoft marketing chief Chris Capossela is also encouraging teams outside Microsoft not to participate. Many pranks go too far but some of them are harmless entertainment.

Here is the internal memo:
Hey everyone,

It's that time of year when tech companies try to show their creativity with April Fools' Day stunts. 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.

Considering the headwinds the tech industry is facing today, I'm asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools' Day stunts. I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.

Please forward to your teams and internal partners to ensure people are aware of the ask to stand down on external April Fools' Day activities.