Google employees cut off from Windows

Google is rumoured to be phasing out the use of Microsoft Windows OS in its offices, citing  concerns over security.

The news comes from a number of Google whistle blowers who have said new employees are now being given the option of an Apple Mac or a PC running the Linux operating system. One employee told the FT people wishing to continue using Windows required clearance from “quite senior levels”, while another added that getting a new Windows machine required CIO approval.

Employees blamed the company-wide annihilation of the OS on recent Windows security worries.  It is thought machines running the operating system are more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems, and the latest anti-Windows directive from Google follows the well-publicised hacking of Google’s operations in China earlier this year.

“Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” an employee told the FT.

However, security may just be a thinly grown beard for the company, which is working on its own operating system, the forthcoming Chrome OS, which will compete directly with Windows 7.