According to Googlers, Google is phasing out internal use of MS Windows in favor of Linux or Mac OS X, due mainly to security concerns especially after Google China operations were hacked in January. Google employs more than 10,000 workers internationally. There is no official comment from Google yet.
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.”
Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from “quite senior levels”, one employee said. “Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,” said another employee.
Looks like Chrome OS is not yet an employee option. Hopefully we will see Google putting priority to apps on Linux and Mac OS X. To Googlers: please release cool features in Chrome browser first for Linux and Mac version. Windows users can wait.
One bad news is malware developers now has incentive to target Linux and Mac OS X.
[Via Financial Times](http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d2f3f04e-6ccf-11df-91c8-00144feab49a.html)