Seems like some technology vendors just can't stay out of the headlines - they just can't stop themselves from stirring up controversy, or they're magnetically drawn into drama by their industry alliances. From making bombastic claims about their products, to trash talking rivals large and small, to actions that upset customers and partners, these vendors are never too far removed from friction.
Some old-school vendors have, over the years, carefully cultivated this practice, to the point where it has become a part of their marketing strategy. They bask in every seemingly opportunity to draw attention to themselves. But other vendors just bring attention through the questionable behaviour of a few employees - or sometimes, even just one.
This year's compendium of controversial companies includes many of the usual suspects, along with a few new ones. We should note, while controversy is often connected to negative actions, in this list we've endeavoured to include some vendors that have used controversy as a tool, or even a weapon.
Following are CRN USA's picks for the 10 most controversial tech companies of 2015.
This article originally appeared at crn.com