Microsoft Defends Security Record After Google Ditches Windows

Microsoft has lashed out at Google after the search giant announced it would be banning its employees from using Windows.

A post on the Windows team blog by Microsoft spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc yesterday described Google' plan as a sign of insecurity.

LeBlanc insisted that Microsoft does its utmost to provide its customers with the best security available.

He also said Microsoft had earned praise from the IT world, ranging from network giant Cisco to computer hackers, for its security settings, updates and general efforts to provide users with a secure environment.

Citing internal sources, the Financial Times reported that Google decided to phase out Microsoft's Windows from its workplace on security grounds.

The FT reported that in addition to the company's own Chrome browser, Google employees would be allowed to use only two other operating systems, Mac OS X and Linux.