Our industry expert rounds-up the biggest Apple corporate stories circulating this month
Macs are now serious business for IBM
IBM says Macs are for the enterprise
IBM has announced a new scheme under which it will help its enterprise clients deploy Macs within their IT infrastructure.
“Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade”, IBM observed in a press release announcing the new scheme. IBM is currently replacing PCs with up to 300,000 Macs across its organisation and says it is sharing what it has learned about largescale Mac deployments with its clients. It is offering integration services for Mac via the cloud as a SaaS (software as a service) solution and also on-premises in client data centers to its clients, while JAMF Software’s Casper Suite will provide enterprise-class Mac management tools.
Windows for iOS
In support of its release of Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a set of ‘bridging’ technologies developers can use to easily port iOS apps to the Windows Store. Dubbed ‘Project Islandwood’ during development and set to ship in final form in the autumn, the software makes explicit Microsoft’s attempt to maintain the relevance of its operating systems by facilitating the process of bringing apps across from other systems. This matches CEO Satya Nadella’s focus on making Windows applications and services widely available on any platform and device.
11 million plus
Apple has announced it has 11 million active Apple Music users even as an EU investigation found no collusion between the company and music labels concerning the launch of streaming music services. Despite strong initial interest, Apple Music has been criticised for user interface inconsistencies and software bugs. Responding, Apple is actively developing the iTunes application that drives its service and rapid updates are expected. Music industry executives had accused Spotify of urging the EU to look into the sector ahead of Apple Music’s launch. Spotify has 20 million fee-paying users worldwide on its Premium tariff.