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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

May 31st, 2010 05:09 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Reader awyeah notes a Financial Times report that Google is ditching the use of Windows internally. Some blogs have picked up the FT piece but so far there isn’t any other independent reporting of the claim, which is based on comments from anonymous Googlers. One indication of possibly hasty reporting is the note that Google “employs more than 10,000 workers internationally,” whereas it’s easy enough to find official word that the total exceeds 20,000. “The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google… ‘We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,’ said one Google employee. … 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.’ … Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from ‘quite senior levels,’ one employee said. ‘Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,’ said another employee.”

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