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Many employees prefer to work on Macs

Pilot schemes that allowed the staff of two major IT suppliers to choose their own computing devices have revealed that many employees prefer Macs to PCs.

Citrix, which supplies software that enables users to access applications from any device, ran a pilot last year which allowed 10% of staff to choose their own device.

James Stevenson, area VP for UK, Ireland and South Africa at Citrix, said one of the biggest surprises was that 40% of the workers involved chose Macs. A similar pilot by Cisco saw 50% choose Macs, according to Stevenson.

Citrix has since expanded the programme to more employees. The software maker's free Citrix Receiver enables almost any device to work with its software.

Stevenson said the world was changing and that companies would allow their customers to choose the device they preferred using.

"If you go back 10 years all computing technology arrived in the enterprise first and then dribbled into the consumer space, but this has now reversed," Stevenson said, adding that today was more like the time when PCs infiltrated the enterprise after mass consumer take-up.

Deloitte recently said that 2010 would see more and more businesses allowing staff to buy their own devices and link to the corporate network.

The business advisory said this was down to trends such as the availability of many applications in a web form, such as e-mail, and the continued push towards cloud computing. Manufacturers are also developing technology for consumers, it said.

Speaking to Computer Weekly in January Paul Watson, professor of computer science at Newcastle University, said there would increasingly be a blurring between work and home life. "It is quite difficult to stop it happening," he added.

As businesses move towards accessing applications via internal and external clouds, so the need for a PC on every desktop is diminishing.


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