Apple's plan for the transition to a service company presents a striking gap: the lack of business services. The collaboration market, for example, is one of the largest growth areas for enterprise software. Given that Apple currently dominates the enterprise mobility market, it is surprising that little effort has been made to face teams such as Slack or Microsoft.

This absence is even more surprising when one realizes the company Is already offer pieces of a collaborative system.

Apple's iWork software has been providing basic collaboration tools such as commenting and change tracking, as well as real-time editing via iCloud, for a decade. While these are just the most basic features of enterprise collaboration, it's still a sign that Apple recognizes how work is done today. Equally important: most of these features are interoperable with Microsoft Office.

And a number of its applications are scattered in the essentials of a potential collaboration suite:

  • Although this solution is not available at this time, but Apple's fixes have recently revealed privacy flaws, the Group FaceTime chat can potentially challenge Skype and similar conferencing tools.
  • Mac messages have long been used by users to share presentations and to remotely view and control the screen, useful features for collaboration and technical support.
  • Native applications already support shared calendars and related Exchange features.
  • The Apple server platform, now obsolete, has allowed additional collaboration via a wiki tool. Although this is not exactly analogous to what Slack or his teams propose, the tool was a step in that direction and it preceded the market for this type of solution.
  • And finally, with its classroom solution for iPad in education, Apple combines many of these features into a unified whole.
  • It is clear that Apple has the strengths to create a business-level collaboration suite, either alone or in conjunction with partners such as IBM, Cisco and SAP. So, if all the pieces of the puzzle are there, why not complete the chart?