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Google Leaving Windows : More Spin Than Sense?

Reports that Google is actively looking to get its own employees off Microsoft's Windows OS and onto other operating systems like Mac or Linux.

As we noted earlier today, the FT quoted multiple sources from within the company that said how Google is putting blocks to prevent its own employees and/or encourage them to use other platforms.

The blanket ban was apparently adopted because of security concerns following the series of cyberattacks on Google's premises from China in the first few days of 2010 which Google is blaming on Windows.

This, however, is nonsensical given that Internet Explorer, rather than Windows was the medium through which the attack was carried out. So why shoot the messenger rather actively encouraging its own employees to migrate to Chrome or Firefox browsers.

A rare insight into Google back in 2006 showed that most of them used some sort of Linux and were given a Mac or Windows laptop as a sideline.

But since last year, things seem to be soured between the two; John Skeet, who worked for Google and was until last year, a recognised MVP. That is until Google specifically told him NOT to renew his MVP status.

It is however very unlike Google to forbid the use of rival technologies; proponents say that exposure to products and services from your rivals may actually help enhance your own.

Some might wonder whether Google is not trying to coerce its own employees into becoming its guinea pigs by using Chrome OS and/or Android.

After all, maybe if more Google employees had tried out Google Buzz and Wave, they would have ironed out existing issues with these two services.