Google HQ Bans Microsoft Windows In-House After Hacking Scare

The Financial Times reports that according to Google sources, all versions of Microsoft's Windows OS are henceforth banned. Employees will instead be able to choose between Apple's Mac OS and Linux.

Google employees have until now been able to choose their OS of choice, but apparently due to security concerns in the wake of that whole hacking mess, the Google higher-ups have deemed Windows too risky to support. Google declined to comment.

Google competes with Microsoft in several areas, not least of which is Google's bread and butter, search—Microsoft's Bing is gaining marketshare (though, to be fair, it's nowhere near Google's). The two tech giants also compete in the cloud, with Google Docs taking on Microsoft's online version of Office, as well as in the mobile world (Android vs. Windows Mobile). Soon, they'll have even more competition; Google TV plays in the same sandbox as Windows Media Center, and Chrome OS may compete for space on netbooks with the lightweight Windows 7.

On the other hand, Apple is at least as fierce a competitor as Microsoft, and significantly more so in the mobile world, yet Apple's full-sized OS seems to be the norm at Google HQ.

Google may not have intended this move to look like a dig at Microsoft. But when a company as high-profile as Google finds Windows too easily attacked to be used by its employees, it's got to sting.

Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one—you'll have to do the legwork yourself).

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  • Earl

    Yeah, Mac OS is probably your safest bet... not like anyone's macs or apple devices have ever been compromised and wiped remotely by hackers or anything *COUGH matt honan COUGH*

  • Roadrunnerside8

    I'm Surprised I thought Google would have known better in the first place to use Windows. I always imagined Google to have some secret OS not based off any other known OS. Well another Windows FAIL.

  • Daniel Sickinger

    i hope they pick Mac OS seeing as how linux is even easier to hack than Windows. linux just isnt a target because not that many people have it. but it is by far easier to hack than Windows

  • Louann Oravec

    HaHa Microsoft. I have known for years your software was full of holes. Now a big company has banned you. Will you finally get a clue; I doubt it. You are too full of yourselves.