W3bbo said:brian.shapiro said:*snip*
Windows became widely used in the Education sector because the features in Windows that made it ideal for enterprises (group policy, ease of administration, all that stuff) turned out to be perfect for education too.
Macs were great in schools when you had one or two computers per classroom and no real networking, but as things expand you begin to see how it becomes inadequate and Microsoft's solution was the only real answer to the problem.
It's only recently that Apple is hyping back their enterprise credentails and how Macs play nice with LDAP/Active Directory, but our resident AndyC seems to have an axe to grind with Apple (and XServe is hardly a cost-effective proposition).
Here's a scary thought: massive enterprise-scale administration features in Windows have only been available for just over 10 years now, before that we were all using Novell Netware. I guess Apple missed the chance to step-in between Novell and Windows 2000 Server.
At the enterprise level, I don’t think we were all using Netware... god forbid... more likely we were using Unix (various proprietary versions) and VMS.
DEC spent quite a bit of time & energy trying to integrate Windows into their VMS story.