"All computer systems deployed through the provisioning plans will be based on the Microsoft Windows platform. Documents created with certain Mac OS applications may require conversion to be readable and/or usable with the new platform. Users are encouraged to work with OIT if conversion of a large number of files is necessary."
While it’s thoughtful of them to help folks get converted, I’m just so disappointed at the lack of Mac love we’re showing. I love my Mac, but I also acknowledge that some people may prefer Windows. To me, it’s a matter of what people can use most effectively to get their jobs done.
Now I’m not knocking the hard-working people in OIT – I know the kinds of support questions they must get asked on a daily basis. And I also understand that part of the reason for de-Mac-ing the district is so that there is only one platform to support, but for some reason it still makes me think that we’re depriving folks of the opportunity to work on both platforms. Since the switch to Intel processors, Macs are gaining – not losing – traction among users, and while I know they’re not a common "business" platform, they certainly have much to offer in terms of offering our students opportunities to create content in a variety of media.