Google phases out Microsoft Windows

Discussion in 'GNU/Linux' started by stg58, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems including Apple Inc's Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after Google's Chinese operations were hacked.

    Internet security firm McAfee Inc said at the time the cyber attacks on Google and other businesses had exploited a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, which was vulnerable on all recent versions of Windows.

    The FT quoted one Google employee as saying: "We're not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort." Another said: "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval."

    Google said in a statement: "We're always working to improve the efficiency of our business, but we do not comment on specific operational matters."

    Google, which already offers e-mail, Web and other software products that compete with Microsoft's offerings, is developing its own operating system based on its Chrome browser. It will initially target netbooks, or inexpensive, pared-down notebook PCs.

    Microsoft Windows runs about nine out of 10 of the world's personal computers.
  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Interesting but not surprising. I'm actually a bit shocked that were still using MS at all. Many of the Google coders I run into around here right are Unix and Linux guys.
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Now if they ever come out with that Chrome OS with full support and framework I will be impressed. I guarantee that good ol' MS will be sabotaging the attempt per usual. With as many GOV contracts as MS has...and insiders to lobbyists -I can only wish for the best.
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Problem I see with Chrome OS is that it is almost completely based on Google apps in the Cloud. Great for a netbook or a Droid but I have problems with 1) Letting Google host all my stuff and 2) not having control of my own apps.
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