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06-01-2010, 12:22 PM
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Google banning Windows

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...ack-2010-5.DTL

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Well, Google has taken the next step in its world domination plan, banning Microsoft Windows from internal use.

Employees will be given the choice between Apple's Mac OS and Linux.

Adding insult to injury, Google is also publicly citing Windows security problems for the decision and blaming Windows vulnerabilities for the China hacking incident.

So that's 20,000+ Windows licenses that won't be sold and renewed at Google in future years.

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That's a swift kick to the balls for Microsoft
Now watch Apple/Google stocks to sky rocket...

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Funny that his comes on the heels of Apple replacing Google with Bing...

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That's fine for Google, Microsoft OS are still fine in my book and I will continue to use them like 90% of the people out there. Of course there is security problems with so many people using it. More personal information out there hence more hackers trying to get it.

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64 bit ultimate 7 and vista. Never had any problems. Not even a virus, and very little spyware. Not sure what google is huffing and puffing about.

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Funny that his comes on the heels of Apple replacing Google with Bing...
Huh?

I'm pretty on top of Apple's news/rumours and while it's been suggested as an alternative to Google, it hasn't been confirmed that it's going to be wiped out COMPLETELY in favour of Bing (and jeez, as a user of iPhone OS/iPad, I'd sure as hell hope not ) There is no way Google would let their iPhone OS presence disappear (it's too valuable a channel for their search engine/Maps, etc).

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Bing is being considered for an "option" that users can decide between
http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/28/m...search-option/

As for Google banning Windows, I can't help but chuckle, as this should add some new bait to the (pathetic, tired, childish, hilarious, get-over-it already) Mac vs Windows pissing match.

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It's not that big of a deal. Most of the CS majors at my college are using Mac OS or some flavor of linux anyway. It's just easier to code and configure using these OS.

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64 bit ultimate 7 and vista. Never had any problems. Not even a virus, and very little spyware. Not sure what google is huffing and puffing about.
Same here, most of these people having "security problems" are probably bringing it upon themselves.

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64 bit ultimate 7 and vista. Never had any problems. Not even a virus, and very little spyware. Not sure what google is huffing and puffing about.
Google has been working on their own competing OS... I take this as merely being a very political and PR based move. Deal some swift blows to the competition before your own product is out there - you can make it look like a valid concern instead of just knocking the competition.

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It's funny, back in the day windows boxes were easily compromised, don't get me wrong, and even today can be, but I had no trouble what-so-ever doing the same to many linux boxes. It boils down to the daemons you are running.

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64 bit ultimate 7 and vista. Never had any problems. Not even a virus, and very little spyware. Not sure what google is huffing and puffing about.
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Same here, most of these people having "security problems" are probably bringing it upon themselves.
Sorry to break it to ya, but I doubt you guys are at the top of a country like China's list to hack.

Seriously, Company Network security is not like you having Norton on your desktop at home. These companies have real countries and real spies trying to hack their networks by some of the best hackers in the world.

I think Google has other reasons than security behind this decision, but security is a major contributor to the decision I am sure.

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, but security is a major contributor to the decision I am sure.
I doubt it. If their security problem is at the box level with the Windows OS then they have a bigger problem than Windows vulnerabilities. Like a **** HW firewall for starters.

If you can't stop them before they are on your network, no protection at the OS level will stop them so OS doesn't matter.

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Huh?

I'm pretty on top of Apple's news/rumours and while it's been suggested as an alternative to Google, it hasn't been confirmed that it's going to be wiped out COMPLETELY in favour of Bing (and jeez, as a user of iPhone OS/iPad, I'd sure as hell hope not ) There is no way Google would let their iPhone OS presence disappear (it's too valuable a channel for their search engine/Maps, etc).



http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/28/m...search-option/

As for Google banning Windows, I can't help but chuckle, as this should add some new bait to the (pathetic, tired, childish, hilarious, get-over-it already) Mac vs Windows pissing match.
What do you mean huh? Bing is owned by Microsoft. The post you're quoting is just saying that it's obvious that once Microsoft makes a competitor for Google's service/product, that Google doesn't let their employees use Windows on their workstations. No biggy, does anybody honestly care what OS a company uses anyway?

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What do you mean huh? Bing is owned by Microsoft. The post you're quoting is just saying that it's obvious that once Microsoft makes a competitor for Google's service/product, that Google doesn't let their employees use Windows on their workstations. No biggy, does anybody honestly care what OS a company uses anyway?
You missed the point of my post lol. I was correcting the poster who said Bing would replace Google as the search engine in iPhone OS 4.0, meaning no more Google on iPhone.

I simply said that's incorrect and the rumours are that Bing will be added to iPhone OS 4.0 as an alternative to Google, and if the users wants Bing, he/she can activate it in the settings.


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Ohhhh, oops, my bad.

I read that quickly and thought he said something along the lines of Google banning Windows since MS made Bing to compete. Blame work, making me too busy to read posts more carefully!!!

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