Microsoft Reacts to Google Phasing Out Windows Usage, Says Security Is Paramount
Article by George Norman
On 02 Jun 2010
The big news the other day was that Google, apparently for security reasons, decided to phase out Windows usage amongst its employees (the company employs more than 10,000 people at an international level). The Financial Times uncovered that many employees have been moved away from Windows powered PCs towards Macs and Linux-powered PCs. If you missed this story and you want to find out more about it, check out yesterday’s article here.

As you can image, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft had to respond. According to the Financial Times, Google decide to give up on the Windows operating system for security reasons. Microsoft had to come out and say that security is one of its main concerns and that Windows offers a properly good level of security.

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“When it comes to security, even hackers admit we’re doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else. And it’s not just the hackers; third party influentials and industry leaders like Cisco tell us regularly that our focus and investment continues to surpass others,” commented Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team.

LeBlanc went on to explain how Microsoft focuses on providing a safe user experience on Windows:
- Updates and patches for Windows and other Microsoft products are shipped regularly via Windows Update and Microsoft Update.
- Users are advised to turn on Automatic Update so they always have a patched and secure operating system.
- Windows 7 features an improved BitLocker, a better firewall, and built-in Parental Controls.
- The browser that comes with Windows 7 is Internet Explorer 8, the safest version in the IE range. The SmartScreen Filter feature in IE8 blocks millions of attempts to download malware. Back in March Microsoft announced that the SmartScreen Filter averaged 3 million malware blocks per day.
- Windows 7 uses Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).



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