Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

    Last month,  The Financial Times reported that Google was blaming Microsoft software vulnerability for the multinational cyber attack it encountered earlier this year. In response, unnamed Google employees said, the company was phasing out the Windows operating system at the company.

    “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.

    Googling Google finds there may be other reasons:

    Google Axes Windows, Saves Millions,” say the ZDNET bloggers. “With 20,000+ employees, Google is set to save millions of dollars in licensing costs.”

    In fact, they note it was probably both security and money drove the Windows decision, plus the need to “dogfood” the company’s Chrome OS, which has not exactly set the world on fire. Another motivation: “Stick it to Microsoft.”

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    Margot Williams

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    One Response to “Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?”

    1. Zigmar Says:

      >plus the need to “dogfood” the company’s Chrome OS
      Too bad author doesn’t even know that Chrome OS is not a general-purpose OS, does not compete directly with Windows, nor can replace desktop OS on developers stations.

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