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Articles by Jake Widman
posted in September 2009
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
As the launch date for Windows 7 approaches, more and more articles about flaws in Mac security are hitting the Web. Should Mac-based businesses be worried?
Document Imaging Solutions, Inc., is making 50 copies of its DIS-Imaging Enterprise Edition, which normally sells for $26,000, available for $2,400 -- a discount of more than 90 percent. The offer is limited in time and number of sales, though.
Will Apple take on building a business mobility support system in the cloud? Here's why they won't, and why they shouldn't.
The new Office:Mac package includes all the usual suspects, with enhancements for online and network collaboration. It replaces the existing standard retail package, while the Special Media Edition is dropped from the lineup.
According to a survey touted by Windows-on-Mac vendor Parallels, 36% of undergraduates plan to purchase a Mac, and many of them plan to run Windows software on it. SMBs might want to consider planning to accommodate such flexible platform choices in making their IT decisions -- after all, these students will be in the workforce within five years.
Enterprise IT executives say they're stuck with Windows, despite Snow Leopard's support for Microsoft Exchange. SMBs, on the other hand, have more freedom to accommodate their employees' preferences.
Based on my experience, businesses should not be afraid to upgrade to Snow Leopard. But they should be prepared to deal with a few cleanup tasks, so they shouldn't do it on deadline and should work out any kinks on a non-mission-critical machine first.
The operating system battle is a diverting sideshow, but the real battle is going to be over the next hardware platform. SMBs may not have embraced netbooks yet, but how will they feel about the iTablet?