Back to Macs. Gartner said, ï¿¼Apple is challenging its competitors with software integration that provides ease of use and flexibility; continuous and more frequent innovation in hardware and software; and an ecosystem that focuses on interoperability across multiple devices (such as iPod and iMac cross-selling).ï¿¼
As devices like the iPod Touch and iPhone penetrate the enterprise, thatï¿¼s only going to help the Mac.
Meanwhile, yesterday Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to manufacturing ï¿¼ itï¿¼s been in beta since August 2007. Customers will be able to download it in March.
A year after Vista came out, the operating system has yet to get traction. Microsoft has to do a lot of work to make a compelling ROI for Vista in the enterprise. It will be interesting to see if SP1 provides that compelling ROIï¿¼ but nothing Iï¿¼ve seen so far indicates that it will make a difference.