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Chrome OS: Why it may be time to approach desktop IT in a different way
This article is part of the Computer Weekly issue of 27 March 2018
For almost two decades, the dominant desktop operating system in enterprise IT has been Microsoft Windows. Windows remains cemented in the enterprise mindset, even though user or client-side computing is a world apart from the desktop IT of the late 1990s. The combined installed base of Android and iOS far exceeds that of Windows-based PCs. Browser-based and mobile app-based enterprise applications are also commonplace, due to the maturity of software as a service (SaaS) in business. Yet the majority of older enterprise applications are designed for Windows users, and desktop administrators have spent years fine-tuning the management of the Windows estate. Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 7 on 14 January 2020, but many businesses still rely heavily on it. They have yet to shift to Windows 10. There is therefore an opportunity for IT to ask a difficult question: “Is there anything better out there?” Windows alternatives Mac OS is clearly the most direct rival, and Apple has managed to ride on the success of ...
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