Windows MobileMicrosoft used to have a program where they would reimburse employees for data plans on smartphones like the BlackBerry, Google Android devices, the iPhone, Palm Pre, and, of course, Windows Mobile devices.

Well in order to cut costs, Microsoft has decided to stop reimbursing employees for data on any devices that doesn’t run Windows Mobile, even of those employees that use their smart phone significantly for work.

My theory on why Microsoft would do this is that the flack they would take for continuing to subsidize Windows Mobile powered devices after cutting everything else would be far less brutal and embarrassing than the possible mass exodus of Windows Mobile users to other devices if employees had to pay for them themselves.