IBM has started offering employees the use of Apple Mac machines as the partnership between the two firms continues to deepen.
Apple and IBM have been working together for almost a year, creating business-centric apps for iOS devices and supporting businesses looking to use Apple’s iPad in corporate environments.
IBM is now taking this ethos in-house by letting employees choose Mac machines for the first time as part of the company’s choose your own device policy.
Numerous IBM employees referred to the move on Twitter in response to an internal memo sent to staff at the company.
Apple news site 9to5Mac said that it has seen the memo and that it offers employees the choice of a MacBook Pro, Macbook Air or traditional PC when setting up a new or refreshed workstation.
IBM apparently said that it already has 15,000 Apple computers in place across its organisations as part of a bring your own device scheme, but this new offering of corporate-provided Macs is expected to take the number to 50,000 in 2015.
V3 contacted IBM for more comment on the move but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The move is notable for IBM, as for many years it was the biggest seller of Windows-based laptops in the form of the ThinkPad range, which is now owned by Lenovo.
The move also underlines the scale of the challenge Microsoft faces in trying to stop the slide in dominance that its Windows platform has traditionally enjoyed in enterprises.
The company will be pinning a lot of hope on the success of Windows 10, which is slated for release in July.
Apple recently unveiled a refreshed line-up of its Mac portfolio, offering new models with improved specs and cutting the price of existing offerings.
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