Last week there was a conference at Northeastern Illinois University last week centered around the use of technology. The speakers of the conference were from Google's Chicago office, You Tube, and Motorola.
There was something I noticed very interesting before the You Tube presentation was about to begin. The You Tube executive was using an IPhone! Now, I don't know the specifics of what restrictions Google employees are put under as far as product usage, but using another company's products would not happen with Microsoft. This is a shift from the Microsoft model of employee product usage.
It is well known that Microsoft employees are required to use the Microsoft version of any product if available. The Gates family has been regularly asked by the press if any carry an Apple product and always answering that they use Microsoft products.
The YouTube employee using the IPhone (made from Apple) is in direct competition to its Google phone products. The guess is that the execs at Google, while still wanting their employees to use its products, allow them to freely choose to use whatever products they like without trouble.