Wilkes University to replace all PCs with Macs

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Feb
26

By: switchtoamac at: 4:30 PM on February 26, 2007 | Comments (0)

Wilkes University, based in Pennsylvania, will be replacing all Windows based computers with Macs.  Wilkes University is one of the first college campuses in US to make the switch to university-wide switch from Windows-based PCs to Apple’s Intel-based Macs.

The transition will occur over the next three years and will make Wilkes University an all-Mac campus.  Users will also have access to all things Mac such as iLife, Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle applications.  Scott Byers, Vice President for Finance and General Counsel at Wilkes University, stated the following:

  • “Macs are constructed with superior technology and hardware and their ability to run Windows means we still have access to any Windows programs”
  • “We’re making working and learning more efficient. It’s the best of both worlds.”
  • "This is an aggressive technology refresh plan that will present students and staff with access to the latest technology,”
  • “We’re also creating a virtually virus-free IT network."
John Couch, Apple’s vice president of Education chimed in on the announcement by stating:
  • “For 30 years Apple has been committed to education, and worked with faculty and students across the country to enhance teaching and learning”
  • “We’re thrilled that Wilkes is becoming an all-Mac campus, providing its students with access to the world’s most advanced technology and helping to ensure they graduate with 21st Century skills.”
Wilkes president Tim Gilmour, stated:
  • “Experience with the most advanced computers available today will provide our students with an edge when they enter today’s job market with increasingly demanding technological expertise,”
Commentary
Wilkes University is an institution that understands the value and rapidly evolving shift to the Mac.  Great job.  Tim Gilmour's statement hit the nail on the head.  With it's Unix underpinning, Mac OS X offers a platform and experience that will give users an advantage in the market.

You can read the news at a Wilkes News page here

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