US search firm Google is phasing out the use of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, due to security concerns.
According to a report by The Telegraph, the company is now asking new employees to choose between Apple’s OS X system or an open-source Lynux platform.
Speaking to the Financial Times, a Google employee said: “We’re not doing anymore Windows. It’s a security effort.”
In January, news emerged that hackers had launched an attack on the Gmail accounts of several Chinese human rights activists. Security experts now believe the attackers managed to exploit a loophole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in order to gain access.
Officially the company has said it will not comment on operational matters.
By Richard Morris