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Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.

Apple edges back toward the data center

Now that OS X Mavericks Server has some new enterprise-oriented features and the updated Mac Pro has finally arrived, it's time to ask whether Apple is edging back into the data center, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Roku beats Apple to the TV market

While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.

iOS 7 delivers some needed enterprise-friendly tweaks

Since it supports enterprise single sign-on, iOS 7 should be a more business-friendly operating system when it arrives Wednesday, says columnist Ryan Faas. He offers a look at what's new in iOS 7 and why IT pros should care.

The M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s is a big deal

Apple's new flagship phone, the iPhone 5s, boasts a slew of new hardware advances, not the least of which is the M7 motion coprocessor. Columnist Ryan Faas explains why the M7 is important.

Apple and the enterprise: A complicated relationship

Over the past 15 years, Apple has worked, and at times struggled, to figure out the best way to integrate its products into enterprise environments. Columnist Ryan Faas takes a look at that complex relationship.

Office Mobile for the iPhone enters an already-crowded field

Microsoft released its first iOS version of Office on Friday, but a wide range of alternative iOS apps and suites already exist. Ryan Faas details some of the competition.

IT will have a love-hate relationship with iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and iCloud

Consumers and business users alike will find things to love about OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, says columnist Ryan Faas. But for enterprise IT pros, this week's announcements are a mixed bag.

Forget the keynote. WWDC is still about the developers

As usual, the Apple rumor mill has been on overdrive as WWDC nears. But all the hype about anything CEO Tim Cook might reveal misses the point, says columnist Ryan Faas. WWDC is still about developers.

Is N.Y. wooing Apple for an upstate chip plant?

Apple may be eying a site in upstate New York for a manufacturing plant that would allow it to wean itself from relying on Samsung for the A-series chips that power Apple's iOS devices.

Apple aims to stay atop tablet mountain

Apple has already sold 100 million iPads and the rollout this week of the iPad Mini will only add fuel to that fire, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Apple plays hardball with iPad Mini reveal

In staging an Apple event on Tuesday to unveil the long-awaited iPad Mini, Apple is poised to steal a lot of Microsoft's Windows 8 launch thunder. That's symbolic of a confident Apple, says columnist Ryan Faas.

iOS 6 device management: What companies should know

Apple is clearly making it easy for businesses and IT departments to secure new iOS 6 features and is ramping up devise security in several ways. Columnist Ryan Faas offers an overview of what's new.

The iPhone 5 at work -- How companies should prepare

With the iPhone 5 slated to ship Sept. 21, the big question for business users and IT pros is how it and iOS 6 will affect them and their companies. Columnist Ryan Faas has some answers.

Lessons for IT, Apple in Flashback brouhaha

Although the number of Flashback-infected Macs is on the decline, the reverberations from the outbreak will affect Apple and the businesses that have increasingly adopted Macs. Columnist Ryan Faas explains.

What does the new iPad mean to business?

Apple's new iPad arrived Friday and, given the popularity of early sales, will be showing up this week at an office near you.

How mobile, BYOD and younger workers are reinventing IT

IT departments and the duties of their staffers haven't changed much in recent years. But the rise of mobile, the bring-your-own-device trend and a new generation of workers is about to change all that. Ryan Faas explains.

OS X Mountain Lion: A big cat for business?

OS X Mountain Lion is something of a mixed bag for enterprise environments: it adds some very useful features, but its tight integration with iCloud could raise red flags for CIOs and IT pros, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Will this be the year of Apple in the enterprise?

All of the big trends in IT right now -- cloud computing, mobile solutions and the consumerization of IT -- look good for Apple as it slowly worms its way into the enterprise. Columnist Ryan Faas explains why it's happening now.

Author Bio

Ryan Faas Ryan Faas is a freelance technology journalist, network consultant and book author who has been writing about Apple products, business and enterprise IT topics, and the mobile industry for more than a decade.