Google phases out Microsoft Windows use – FT

LONDON, June 1 (BestGrowthStock) – Web search group Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis)
(GOOG.O: ) is phasing out internal use of rival Microsoft Corp’s
(MSFT.O: ) Windows operating system because of security concerns
following a Chinese hacking incident, the Financial Times
reported on Tuesday.

Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to
move to other operating systems including Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.)’s (AAPL.O: )
Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after
Google’s Chinese operations were hacked. [ID:nN12210451]]

Internet security firm McAfee Inc (MFE.N: ) 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.

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(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by David Holmes)

Google phases out Microsoft Windows use – FT