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Google Dumps Windows In Favour of Linux & Mac OS

Gordon Kelly


Google Dumps Windows In Favour of Linux & Mac OS

With Ed rushing all over Taipei covering Computex this week I'll be largely looking at all things non-Eastern originated (and recording another TR podcast - great feedback so far everyone!). So in this spirit I'm rather surprised this didn't happen years ago...

Google is phasing out use of Windows across the company over security concerns. Speaking to the Financial Times a Google employee revealed:

"We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort. Many people have been moved away from {Windows} PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks." Another employee added: "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval." As for Chrome OS: "A lot of it is an effort to run things on Google product,” the employees confirmed. "They want to run things on Chrome."

This news shouldn't come as a shock. Google actively competes with Microsoft in just about every sector now other than games consoles and the China Hack made it incredibly jumpy. It has also been extremely vocal about the security flaws from continued use of Internet Explorer 6.

On the flip side, just because Google has dropped Windows doesn't mean we all should. Windows 7 is a fine product and the OSes are largely a victim of their own success: if you control circa 90 per cent of the world's computer operating systems why would hackers waste their time targeting anything else?

In short then it makes sense for such a high profile company with major security concerns (*cough* Street View WiFi data debacle *cough*), but for the vast majority of us not being specifically targeted by entire countries Microsoft's OSes will do just fine. After all, Safari lasted "just seconds" in the latest Pwn2Own hacking contest so wipe that smile off your face Mac fans...

Link: Financial Times


June 1, 2010, 7:10 pm

Wasn't the hack IE based as opposed to being a flaw with windows as such. Additionally those windows computers will all be chrome and how will they test chrome on windows if they have no windows computers - boot camp or virtual means would surely expose the computers to these 'security concerns'. Furthermore I would not be surprised if they are actually switching to chrome OS.


June 1, 2010, 7:25 pm

I don't think this is driven by competition with MS. Google also have products which compete directly with Apple in nearly every sector they are active in.


June 1, 2010, 7:28 pm

yeah, with all the recent reports about Mac OS being easy to hack you have to wonder about their stated reasons, I suspect this is probably more to do with financial reasons, maybe Microsoft have stopped offering them a business discount?


June 1, 2010, 7:34 pm

@Bluepork - agreed. I think it is China related. Google still burns about that.

@Andy - it was, but it seems the concerns have spread to Microsoft's OSes in general. I am a happy Windows 7 user (I prefer it to Mac OS X), but if I were Goggle I would be running Linux.


June 1, 2010, 8:00 pm

Good to see Google eating their own dogfood - use Chrome OS internally, iron out the kinks, then release it to the public. I'd dump Windows in a heartbeat if there was a viable alternative


June 1, 2010, 9:50 pm

I too have dumped Windows in favour of Linux: much better performance, functionality and security.


June 2, 2010, 1:45 am

They've also dumped Google and now use Bing for all internal searches.

Nick 11

June 2, 2010, 2:21 pm

Windows 7 is *not* a fine product. It's a horrible OS designed solely to make you look for your work. That's the only need for their stupid search function.

Perhaps Google have realised that you can't run a company on externally hosted servers?

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