Google Moving Away From Windows

June 2nd, 2010 at 10:50 am

Online search giant Google is doing something that it maybe should have done earlier. It is slowly moving away from using Windows in its offices. It may be literally phasing out its use on their offices due to various reasons, security being the topmost concern.

According to a Financial Times report, Google has started informing employees that they are now given the option of using Mac or Linux OS on their work computers. Previously, the Windows option was also provided. But due to what Google says as a security effort, the company may no longer provide such an option.

Google has been a victim of several security breaches in the past year that they attribute to the security weaknesses within the Windows OS. Being the most popular operating system in the world that runs more than 80 percent of the world’s PC’s, it may also be susceptible to the most serious security threats online. And this may be what Google is trying to avoid.

Windows may not be entirely banished from use within Google. But the option to use this OS may be quite difficult to obtain. Those who wish to still use Windows may need to get special permission from the higher ups in order to do so. New Google employees are still allowed to install Windows on laptops but is a no-no for desktops at Google. Although this has been already reported, Google has not yet issued a comment regarding this change in their policy. But despite the absence of a formal comment from Google, Microsoft has given their own response through their blog. Will this be another battle brewing between the two technology giants? Will it lead to other serious issues? Stay tuned to find out.

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