Without being considered a full-fledged Apple “fanboy,” I am a longtime, loyal Mac user. I started typing this blog running Word 2016 for Mac on a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro while saving to OneDrive for Business. Later, while using mobile, I was using Safari connected to Word Online, CDW’s Office 365 tenant. Furthermore, at a recent Apple event, Phil Schiller introduced Kirk Koenigsbauer, Vice President of Microsoft Office, to the stage. When Schiller said, “Who’s to know better about productivity than Microsoft? Yeah, these guys know productivity,” this got me thinking about my Mac and how much easier it is to be productive in the Enterprise.
Apple has implemented Open Directory into OS X, which offers directory and network authentication services including standards like Kerberos. Apple has integrated Service Message Block (SMB) to connect to Windows file shares. Apple has also recently built and strengthened partnerships with IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. This culminated with the launch of Office 2016 in July for Mac users through Office 365.