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.”

Published by Margot Williams

Margot Williams has more than two decades of experience in roles as investigative researcher, research editor, database editor, technology trainer and library director at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gannett newspapers and Time Warner. She was lead researcher on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Washington Post for reporting on terrorism in 2002 and for an investigation of the use of deadly force by the District of Columbia police in 1999. Margot is the co-author of “Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web” (Cyberage Books, 1999) and contributed to the “Networkings” column in The Washington Post for five years.

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