Google drops Windows for Mac (and Linux)

Xavier Verhoeven
1 June, 2010
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Who said Google hates Apple? According to the Financial Times, the search giant is phasing out Windows due to security concerns, and replacing it with Macs running OS X or installing Linux on its PCs.

The report suggests that the move is a result of hacks to Google China in January. “We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said a Google employee. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said another employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”

While Google will not comment on its current policy, it appears that employees have the choice of a Mac, or PC running Linux or Google’s own forthcoming Chrome OS. “Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,” according to another employee.

The Financial Times report notes that Google employees are appreciative of the choice in operating systems, and the move created some mild discontent amongst them. However most employees were relieved they could still use Macs or Linux: “It would have made more people upset if they banned Macs rather than Windows,” added an employee.

The report also notes that Google and Microsoft compete on many fronts, from search, to web-based email, to operating systems. However, Google and Apple are no longer the buddies they once were. They now compete in the smartphone and browser markets, and soon will go head to head in the TV arena and mobile advertising.

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