Apple in the Enterprise

Today was an interesting one for anyone advocating for the use of Apple devices in business. Two announcements that will make it easier.

First up. Microsoft changed the licensing required to use Microsoft Office apps on iOS. Previously an Office 365 subscription, or an in app purchase, was required to enable the creation of new Office documents, or the editing of existing ones. That requirement was removed today. Now it is possible to create new Office documents, or edit documents on iOS, just by having a free Microsoft account. Dropbox is now available as an intigrated Cloud storage solution too. I like the way the new Microsoft is going. They are back on a path of having their software and services available everywhere. As they say themselves: The world has changed. The Microsoft announcement is on their Blog

Next. Apple and IBM announced the first fruits of their Enterprise partnership. Namely, AppleCare for Enterprise. It seems to have the things that businesses need from a vendor: Named Account Manager, 24/7 coverage with 1-hour response for priority issues, helpdesk offloading for Apple related issues, next business day onsite support, device replacement for 10% of devices in costs. Businesses that use over 100 Apple devices will be very interested in this I think.

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