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Oklahoma Christian University Converts PCs For Macs

All students would also be given the choice of an iPhone or an iPod Touch with each MacBook.

Oklahoma Christian University is giving a new MacBook to incoming freshmen and faculty who attend an orientation this summer.

In 2004, the university handed out Dell PCs to every full-time undergraduate student and faculty member. This year, however, the private school of more than 2,100 undergraduate and graduate students decided that the university community would be "better served by a Mac OS platform." One of the advantages of the OS is the ability to easily boot multiple operating systems, including Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

"Given the technologically advanced state of our students, this new platform satisfies their desire to access academic content outside the classroom," John Hermes, CTO for the school, said in a statement. OC has had an on-campus wireless network since 2001.

In addition to incoming students, current attendees would be given the option of trading their used laptops for a new MacBook. All students would also be given the choice of an iPhone or an iPod Touch with each MacBook.

Apple has always been strong in education, publishing, and other verticals. The company, however, is weak in the corporate IT market. In a survey of 310 business technology professionals, InformationWeek found several reasons corporate IT avoided Apple, including an ecosystem of software and developers that was too small, perceived difficulty in integrating Macs into Windows-centric infrastructures, and a small installed based and therefore a limited track record in business.

However, Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks have been selling well in the U.S. consumer market against PCs. Apple's portables accounted for nearly 10% of U.S.-based retail notebooks sales a year ago, according to the NPD Group.

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