eWeek examines Apple's enterprise efforts

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A new eWeek editorial suggests that people who gripe about Microsoft's dominance in the IT world ought to look at Apple instead. Despite the differences between the platforms, there are some commonalities that make Apple a potentially serious player in the enterprise market.

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Microsoft has been criticized for pressuring legacy customers to upgrade their systems to run newer software like Office 11, for example, and Apple has likewise taken its lumps with its attempts to force user migration to Mac OS X -- telling developers at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference that Mac OS 9 was dead, for example, or forcing new PowerBooks to work in Classic only rather than rebooting into Mac OS 9.

Of course, Apple is doing things right, too, according to eWeek. A Unix-derived operating system, support for high-speed 802.11g wireless networking, or "AirPort Extreme" as it's called in Apple parlance, Bluetooth support, and built in DVD burning capabilities amount to an eminently capable 17-inch laptop.

The 12-inch PowerBook G4 model may also prove to be droolworthy to open-minded IT professionals looking for a portable workstation. In fact, Apple's sales potential in the IT space may come from professionals who up until now have needed a Unix workstation and a PC on their desk -- some have already made the switch.

eWeek suggests that there's one weak spot left, and that's in the area of management tools. Apple's own Remote Desktop software goes towards solving this problem, however, as it enables Mac-based administrators to provide support and centralized software management over their networks.

"To those who gripe about having only one real end-user IT choice, we have a suggestion: Stop complaining and look at Apple," said eWeek.

This story, "eWeek examines Apple's enterprise efforts" was originally published by PCWorld.

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