“With iOS leading the charge Apple has become an enterprise company,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “Enterprises naturally want to migrate to Macs (why else do they ask IBM to sort this out for them), but equipment budgets are limited.
“Isn’t it time Apple provided OS X as a virtual machine to help enterprise users migrate?” Evans asks. “Think about it. Already as a result of the huge seismic shift to iOS devices among Fortune 500 firms Apple has built a huge opportunity to flog Macs to big enterprise clients. But there’s a snag – enterprises are limited by available budgets and Apple wants them to buy iOS devices, so why not offer virtualized OS X desktops on a per seat basis through approved suppliers?”
“That would enable large enterprise clients to migrate thousands of staff to OS X today on a path to major Mac (or even iPad Pro) deployments later along the road,” Evans writes. “There’s no better way to convince people to switch to Mac than giving them a chance to use one every day. Even a virtual Mac on a PC would help convince people to migrate to the platform.”
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MacDailyNews Take: But would it really work as well as a real Mac? Or would issues with hardware, drivers, etc. cast a negative light on OS X that would never happen on real Macs? Unless it were seamless, such a move might prove to be more harmful than beneficial in promoting the spread of Macs and OS X.
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