FEWER APPLES IN THE IVY LEAGUE
BRING MONEY AND CLEAN sheets--but not Apple Macintoshes. That's the advice Yale University is giving its 1,310 incoming freshmen.
In an open letter from Information Technology Services head Daniel Updegrove, students buying new computers are ''strongly encouraged to select a Windows PC.'' The reason: Software for such administrative activities as cataloging school libraries and class scheduling is being increasingly designed for Windows. Ultimately, the missive warns, Yale ''cannot guarantee support for Macintoshes beyond June, 2000.''
And Yale isn't alone. Dartmouth, exclusively Macintosh since 1983, is hiring its first Windows specialist to assist students. The University of Pennsylvania, like Yale, has been buying software designed for Windows--a trend that bodes ill for Macs. At Brown, administrators now estimate that half its students use Windows PCs, compared with 25% five years ago; at Princeton, it's 65%. And Columbia plans to reevaluate its advice to students about computers in the wake of Windows NT. ''Apple isn't down and out in education,'' says Michael Gartenberg, Gartner Group research director, ''but it's going to have to fight.''
By Dennis Berman
Updated Sept. 4, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.