Internet search giant, Google, has banned the use of Microsoft's Windows operating system (OS) for internal use at its office, as reported by the Financial Times. Google took this decision after the Chinese hacking incident.
The employees at Google will now have to choose either of the two OS, Apple's Mac OS or Linux. Though the option of Windows will be there but choosing it will require approval from Google's CIO.
“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.
Changes due to security issues at Google
Google has phased out Windows as it can be easily hacked and is prone to computer viruses, as compared to other operating systems.
“Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” said an employee.
The forthcoming Chrome OS is likely to give tough challenge to Microsoft Windows to survive. If it becomes successful, Microsoft can witness a tough challenge.
Even the new employees were given an option to choose from Mac OS or Linux OS. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”
“It would have made more people upset if they banned Macs rather than Windows,” said another employee.
Chinese hacking incident
The Chinese hacking incident was a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" on the corporate infrastructure of Google in China. It was known as "theft of intellectual property from Google."
Apart from Google, 20 other large companies like Adobe Systems, Juniper Networks, Yahoo, Symantec and Northrop Grumman are some companies targeted. The hackers tried to hack the Gmail accounts of Chinese human right activists.
Google's new OS
Soon Google will also come out with its own operating system Chrome OS. Google decided to ban Windows in order to make its employees prepared for its own software.
“A lot of it is an effort to run things on Google product,” the employee said. “They want to run things on Chrome.”
Headquartered at California, Google and it's rival Microsoft have been in competition for a long time. Each one tries to put better products forth.
For instance, Google is an excellent search engine with other products like Google Docs, Gmail, Chrome while Microsoft has attained success with Windows.
The forthcoming Chrome OS is likely to give tough competition to Windows.