It's a good time to be a Microsoft employee. At its annual company meeting yesterday, the software giant announced that all full-time employees — of which there are over 90,000 — will soon receive a Surface RT tablet, a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, and a Windows 8 work machine absolutely free.

According to The Verge, the Windows 8 machines have already started being distributed to some employees, while Surface and Windows Phone 8 devices will follow in the "coming weeks."

This isn't the first time Microsoft has handed its employees free products, of course. Back in 2010, when Windows Phone 7 made its debut, all employees were given a new smartphone powered by the company's brand new platform.

Not only is this a great morale boost, but it allows Microsoft employees to become accustomed to the company's latest devices. For retail staff in particular, this has huge benefits, because it means those selling the devices know them inside out, and that they're better prepared for dealing with your technical issues.

[Via: The Verge]