Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.
The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally.
“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.
“Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” said another.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft is also a competitor to Google, so with this move Google pays less in software licenses to their competitor, and they also manage to hurt the image of Windows by proclaiming its insecurity. Then again, when people switch from Windows to Apple, they’re still using a competitor’s product. Google Chrome OS on the other hand may not be meant to be a development machine, unless all your apps are web apps.
In other recent news, Google started to offer the more secure https to access their web search.
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