IBM ends workers’ Windows PC hell, offers employees Apple Macs for the first time

“After inking a deal with Apple to push iOS devices and enterprise apps to its customers, IBM today started offering employees Macs for the first time,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac. “We’ve seen the official IBM notice, and several IBM employees on Twitter are praising the decision after years of PC hell.”

“In a memo to employees, IBM notes that starting today employees can pick from a MacBook Pro, Macbook Air, or a PC when setting up a new or refreshed workstation,” Kahn reports. “IBM notes that it currently has around 15,000 Macs deployed through its BYOD program, but plans to deploy around 50,000 Macbooks by the end of the year. That, according to the memo, would make IBM the biggest ‘Mac shop’ around, and the company said it’s sharing what it learns through the new deployment with Apple as Apple assists through its device enrollment program.”

MacDailyNews Take:
Welcome, IBM. Seriously.

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MacDailyNews Take: Well, folks, we’ve now pretty much seen it all! That’s it. 12 years, 8 months, and 18 days. 51,387 posts. The End. Thanks for coming! 😉

As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail…MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

With this news, we know some old-time IBM employees, now retired, whose heads are in serious danger of popping off like dandelions right now. Be careful, guys!

Of course, before we sign off, we’d be remiss if we didn’t end on this for old times’ sake:

Steve Jobs flips off IBM

32 Comments

    1. Since its inception! This can’t be true, please say it aint so Harry! Its gotten me through the very, very down years with always insightful. and usually hilarious MDN Take! But, if so, then the very best to you and yours.

    2. I think it’s a nicely tongue-in-cheek goodbye, meaning that it must be the end of the world. IBM goes Apple. There is nothing left to be done here on planet Earth. We shall now ascend to our various forms of eternal rest or whatever. I’m going to Valhalla! So long Erda! I’ll wave from the rainbow bridge.

      1. I just hope that the cooperative agreement doesn’t make IBM and WinPC rub off on Apple. Here’s hoping Apple rubs off on IBM and Apple stays true to their strengths while shoring up their week spots.

  1. “…the company said it’s sharing what it learns through the new deployment with Apple…”

    And soon it will be sharing what its learned with its customers.

  2. For many of these employees, their first exposure to OS X will be Yosemite. In some ways, that’s a good thing. They were spared having to witness the mess OS X has steadily become since the days of Snow Leopard.

  3. …IBM might want to toss in either Parallels or VMWare and move over the old Windows licenses. In the Enterprise there tend to be Windows odds and ends that don’t do Mac, sad to say. Perhaps this will provide further incentive to developers to get off the rancid MS teat.

  4. What’s also funny is that Intel may be a close #2, if not #1 in terms of Apple adoption. They’re a pioneer in BYOD, and iPhone and iPads are used by almost everyone I see there.

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