Google doesn't do Windows

The Financial Times reported today that "Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees." Macs and Linux are now the only approved operating systems for Google employees.

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According to the paper, the push to phase out Windows started in January of this year, shortly after the company admitted that a Windows computer running IE6 was hacked and served as a gateway into their internal network. The article did not address the use of Windows in virtual machines (which offer isolated sandboxes).

I've said here before that it is possible to run a Windows computer securely, but that it takes too much work. Too much, even for the techies at Google.

The Financial Times also reported that security was not the sole motivation. "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."

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