TalkTalk switch staff from PCs to Apple laptops

Broadband provider TalkTalk is planning to scrap desktop PCs for all its office staff and bring in MacBook Pro laptops from Apple.

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Broadband provider TalkTalk is planning to scrap desktop PCs for all its office staff and bring in MacBook Pro laptops from Apple.

The company has so far installed laptops for 150 of its staff at its West London headquarters as part of a trial, and intends to replace around 1,500 PCs with Apple laptops over the next few months.

TalkTalk declined to give a reason for the switch.

According to The Times newspaper, this is the largest rollout of Apple’s computers in the enterprise market.

A survey by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance in the US found that two out of three IT administrators in large firms with Macs and PCs expected to see an increase in the number of Macs this year. The survey was carried out before the iPad was launched.

However, Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa, said: "Our stats do not show Apple's major uptake in the enterprise market.

"Apple's share in the PC market has been less than 1 percent in the last several years and has not changed."

In addition, a Forrester report out in February, ‘Understanding the Influential Information Worker,’ found that just two percent of people surveyed used an Apple desktop computer for work. The majority of workers, 48 percent, used Dell.

The study was based on responses from 3,218 US, Canadian and UK information workers at companies with at least 100 employees.

Nevertheless, the respondents to the Enterprise Desktop Alliance survey said employee preference, productivity and ease of technical support are driving Macs into the enterprise. The popularity of the iPhone has also encouraged the use of Macs, as they are more compatible with the Apple phone.

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