(Fortune Small Business) — How’s this for the ultimate digital-age, small-business irony: Want the best possible environment for Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) Office? Try running it on a Mac.
The Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) line of personal computers and peripherals offers the small enterprise a tantalizing – if frustrating – set of risks and rewards. Macs, used as they are intended in their full 64-bit glory, are blazingly fast. Integration of the Intel (INTC, Fortune 500) processing chips and other bits of electronics, the popularity of the iPhone and the iPod, and the emergence of virtual desktop environments such as VMware (VMW) means the Berlin Wall between all things Mac and all things PC is nowhere near as treacherous as it was just a few years ago.