Macs in Business: Best of 2010

The year for Macs in Business reflects the impact of one of the technology stars of the year -- the Apple iPad. These five posts provoked the most discussion of the year.

It's been a year of great tips and tutorials for using Macs in the business environment, but it's tough not to see 2010 as the "year of the iPad," which is reflected in the list below. Hype and speculation became reality and while some remained skeptical, many others were iPad converts, as evidenced by the year's sales figures. The five topics below provoked the most discussion.

#1 Three reasons Snow Leopard beats Windows in the enterprise

Erik Eckel gives his reasons for finding that Mac's Snow Leopard OS beats Windows in enterprise environments when it comes to maintenance, security, and performance. Read the original post.

#2 Why IT departments should support iPad users

Erik Eckel explains why he thinks IT departments should support iPad users and why it could even be a boon to IT staff. Read the original post.

#3 Apple Tablet could change computing

Erik Eckel considers the Apple's latest unveiling, the much-discussed slate/tablet design. Will it have the same impact as the iPod and iPhone? He thinks it has the potential. Read the original post.

#4 iPass on the Apple iPad: It's no netbook killer

Vincent Danen's anticipation turned to disappointment at the iPad unveiling. Here are his reasons why the Apple iPad fails to impress. Read the original post.

#5 Three reasons Windows 7 beats Snow Leopard in the enterprise

Erik Eckel has already given his reasons for Snow Leopard besting Windows 7 in the enterprise, now he lists three ways that Windows 7 beats Snow Leopard. Read the original post.


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Am not really sure whether the iPad story underscores the importance of innovation in the tech industry. I still cannot believe the hype that the it generated, not just around its relevance but around the ensuing hardware responses that birthed the likes of the Galaxy Pad and the forth coming array of slates a la BB, etc etc. One of the things that continues to baffle me is why is it that the rest of the tech industry seems to be 'followers'. Over the past few years there seem to be some kind of pattern. Apple introduces something and then the others react. RIM CEO recently noted that one of the reasons why this was BBs toughest year was because they were in reactive mode most of the time. It was tough learning for RIM and at the end of the year we saw them introduce a rather refreshing BB device, the Torch, which drove 4th quarter profits, and the announcement of the PlayPad. This is what happened with the iPhone. Although touch Smartphone's had been around for some time it was the iPhone with its 'capacitive' touch technology that liberated portable devices from the stylus (am sure some will disagree with this). Nonetheless, Android remains one of the more visible responses to iPhone and iOS. At first people thought that an iPhone killer would come in the form of a handset that could rival iPhone but it soon became apparent that the missing link was a Smartphone OS that could allow phone manufacturers to make such a device. Call me a fanboy or whatever nasty Apple hating name calling you want, but even Twitter trends confirm the bottom-line in this piece. Love it or hate it, this was truly Apple's year in the Tech industry and the iPad was one of Apple's star performers. Am sure we can all come up with 10 other tech innovations that had an impact in 2010, but none compare to the noise that was generated by the iPad.

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