Search giant abandons operating system citing security concerns

Google drops Windows

Google is phasing out the Windows operating system from its internal operations following the hacking of its Chinese operation in January.

According to the Financial Times the measure is a company wide directive, which will see all Google’s employees switch to either Mac OS or Linux-based solutions. Some people are allowed to continue to use Windows on laptops but all desktops are subject to the ruling.

“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” a Google employee told the FT. “Many people have been moved away from PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks.”

Another employee reported that “getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval.”

The January hacking incident was targeted at Google’s user profiles, and was widely interpreted as an attempt by Chinese pro-government interests attempting to identify Chinese democratic activists and caused a diplomatic furore between China and the United States.

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