Google Employees Are Told to Quit Windows For Security Reasons

Looks like Google is planning to ban the use of Microsoft Windows for Google employees due to security concerns, according to a report from Financial times.

Financial times reports that several Google employees were told to move away from Windows PC’s and head towards MAC or Linux systems. We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,said one Google employee.

This can be a result of the recent China hacking attacks when Google had to leave China, sometime during early April of 2010.

Yes, Windows is more prone to virus or malware attacks and more susceptible to virus threats on the internet. But considering the fact that most of the Google employees use Windows as their primary operating system – a sudden switch was not expected.

Some employees said that the Operating system switch is also a part of the long term initiative to run the company on Google’s own products, not to forget the forthcoming Chrome OS which is expected to be a strong competitor of the Windows Operating system.

New recruits at Googleplex are given the option of using either MAC computers or PC’s using Linux. It would be interesting to see which operating system makes it place permanent at various Google offices, around the globe.

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Amit Banerjee

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    “Google Employees Are Told to Quit Windows For Security Reasons”

    Why fear,

    When Google Chrome OS is here….

    • Windows wins over Linux primarily because of the latter's perceived user-unfriendliness. But with stuff like Ubuntu ("linux for human beings" after all) coming up regularly with very easy-to-use, sleek and productive versions the switch from windows shouldn't be all that tough.

      Personally, shouldn't it be more of using whichever is necessary for the job, rather than blind allegiance/avoidance to any OS?

  • It now looks like the war is well and truly on between Google and M$ for the hearts and minds of the cyber public. This is an interesting development. One wonders what the M$ response will be!

    • Google will have to find a company who will put Google OS into computers or Google will have to be like Mac and create their own computers. Or Google OS will have to be like Linux and put Google OS into PCs. Mac and PC hold a big share of the market and Google needs to do something to make people want to install it. Even Linux is not even making a dent in the market. Linux has it's dedicated users, but with the amount of people who use Windows and Mac and how far behind Google Chrome is with certain items, there is a lot more that needs to be done before thinks of having a legit shot at taking a big share of the market.