Report: Google Dropping Windows OS Due To Security Issues

Jun 1, 2010 • 8:17 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Let me start of by saying that although this post is not SEO related, I couldn't resist. I am a big Mac guy and pretty anti-Windows - I have been this way since I was under ten. So I can't pass this up.

The Financial Times reports Google is no longer allowing the Windows operating system on their computers. No desktops will have them and only laptops with special permission will have Windows installed on them. The article alludes to the Google being hacked by Chinese earlier as one of the reasons Google no longer wants Windows OS on their computers and network.

Anonymous Google employees told them:

We're not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort.

Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks. added, "in early January, some new hires were still being allowed to install Windows on their laptops, but it was not an option for their desktop computers. Google would not comment on its current policy."

This is currently the number one story on Techmeme and I have yet to see an official response from Google on this as of yet.

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06/01/2010 01:09 pm

"Report: Google Dropping Windows OS Due To Security Issues" Why fear, When Google Chrome OS is here....

Darrin Ward

06/01/2010 04:40 pm

If I remember correctly, the Chinese government is one of the very few entities that have/had access to the full Windows source code base, as this was something that Microsoft agreed to with China. Most other entities that receive access to the source code only receive partial access (they can't get all of the code). So, I wonder if China leveraged this access to do whatever they are accused of doing?

Michael Martinez

06/01/2010 06:39 pm

HAH! Well, Google, good luck with that Linux-based security thing! You let us know how that works out, okay?

Rob Abdul

06/02/2010 08:22 am

I don't know about you guys but Ubuntu (Linux) 10.4 really kicks ass, and its FREE. I said it is global economic slowdown, credit crunching FREE!

Ian Draper

06/02/2010 01:17 pm

I am glad that finally they have dropped windows os l look forward to the day when l can change my to gooogleos and use googleapps. Since purchasing my computer with windows xp on it l have had problems. First l did not update my system but as soon as l did they got control and l had real problems with infections, since then l have cleaned my system and removed as much as possible. I now use googlechrome as default browser and will be switching to firefox as my other browser. Great news google about time. Kindest regards for letting me post my comments great news letters as well. Ian

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