Is Google's Windows ban a way to hype its Chrome OS?

Much is being made of Google's banning internal use of Windows because of security concerns. But could there be another motive involved --- an attempt to hype Google's upcoming Chrome OS?

The Financial Times reports that Google has essentially banned Windows for internal use because of concerns Windows is too insecure. The move began seriously after the Chinese operations of Google were hacked.

The Times reports:

"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.

New hires are now given the option of using Apple's Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. "Linux is open source and we feel good about it," said one employee. "Microsoft we don't feel so good about."

But there's some evidence that the move may be at least in part a way to promote the use of Google's upcoming Chrome OS. Later on, the article noted:

Employees said it was also an effort to run the company on Google's own products, including its forthcoming Chrome OS, which will compete with Windows. "A lot of it is an effort to run things on Google product," the employee said. "They want to run things on Chrome."

The hacking in China hastened the move. "Before the security, there was a directive by the company to try to run things on Google products," said the employee. "It was a long time coming."

There's certainly nothing wrong with Google encouraging its employees to use Google products. After all, could you imagine a Microsoft employee asking to use a Mac as his primary computer, or an Apple employee requesting to use a Windows-based computer as his work machine? It would never happen. The fact that Google gives its employees a choice of operating systems is laudable, and unique in the tech world.

Still, there's no doubt that Google is also using the opportunity to promote the use of the Chrome OS internally, and once the OS is complete, externally as well.

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