Google has announced that it will phase out the use of Microsoft Windows on company computers, replacing it with Mac and Linux
machines. The move is a fallout from the Chinese
hackers who infiltrated Google's Windows systems
in January. Google
believes that non-Windows computers will offer the company better
cybersecurity. "Linux is open source and we feel good about it," an
employee told the Financial Times
"Microsoft we don't feel so good about." Here are some reactions:
This About Competition? The Financial Times' David Gelles and
Richard Waters point out, "Google and Microsoft compete on many
fronts, from search, to web-based email, to operating systems. While
Google is the clear leader in search, Windows remains the most popular
operating system in the world by a large margin, with various versions
accounting for more than 80 per cent of installations, according to
research firm Net Applications."
- More World Domination From
Google The Business Insider's Henry Blodget calls
this move Google's "next step in its world domination plan." In
addition to depriving Microsoft of the business, Google is giving
Windows a black eye by accusing it of insufficient security. "Adding
insult to injury, Google is also publicly citing Windows security
problems for the decision and blaming Windows vulnerabilities for the
China hacking incident."
- Legitimate Security Concerns
Venture Beat's Devindra Hardawar explains,
"Windows has long been the bane of IT workers, thanks to the fact that
it's vulnerable to many types of viruses and malware, and is often
targeted by hackers due its large install base. The attack that
originated from China used malware that targeted Windows PCs running
Internet Explorer 6 -- an old version of the web browser that's
particularly vulnerable to hacking. Apple's Mac OS, and Linux operating
systems, are far more secure in comparison to Windows."
Google's Operating System Engadget's Joshua Topolsky speculates this move "might actually be
geared towards bringing Chrome OS into the
Googleplex full-throttle. 'A lot of it is an effort to run things on
Google product,' said one unnamed source, 'They want to run things on
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