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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.