What was interesting about this mornings article about Google dumping Windows, was the fact that so many of the most regarded web sites, picked up on the news. My antenna went went up for a few reasons. It was always my understanding that Google had employees on-board that wrote their own code using Linux. Next there were some clues in the story itself that were a little hard to digest:

New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”

I would guess that Google would feel good about using Linux since their new Google Chrome OS is Linux based.

Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems. The greater number of attacks on Windows has much to do with its prevalence, which has made it a bigger target for attackers.

I find it hard to believe that Google just became aware of this fact.  The article went on to state that this was being done after the attack from China that infiltrated Google’s computers. Strange. I would find it hard to believe that Google servers were running Windows. Or am I missing something?

Employees said it was also an effort to run the company on Google’s own products, including its forthcoming Chrome OS, which will compete with Windows. “A lot of it is an effort to run things on Google product,” the employee said. “They want to run things on Chrome.”

This seems like the real reason for the change. Google wants everyone in their organization to use a Linux based system, especially since their new OS is coming soon. There is also another issue that could of contributed to the change. Microsoft wanted their employees to stop using anything Apple including the iPhone.

So is this a publicity stunt? I personally believe it is. Google is going to get a lot of press from this as well as free advertising for their new Chrome OS.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Financial Times