Back in July of 2014, IBM and Apple inked up a partnership that was designed to bring out the best in both companies, and enhance the enterprise experience. Since then we have seen the two companies release a number of new mobile apps, and now IBM has given its employees a new option for their computers. IBM employees are now able to use Mac computers if they choose, instead of just having the Windows and Linux options. Employees were made aware of the changes through an internal memo according to 9to5Mac:
In a memo to employees, IBM notes that starting today all employees (not just some select developers like in the past) can pick from a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when setting up a new or refreshed workstation. The machines will include new software for security, Wi-Fi, and VPN out of the box so employees just have to connect to the internet to get started, according to the memo. IBM notes that it currently has around 15,000 Macs deployed through its BYOD program, but plans to deploy around 50,000 Macbooks by the end of the year.
Employees of IBM are now able to make the selection when being set up for a new or replacement workstation. The partnership appears to be going strong, as we recently even saw Apple Watch support roll out to the three of their apps.