Google closes door on Microsoft Windows

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

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Richard Morris

Richard joined Lakestar McCann as news editor in 2009 and over the past three years has run the company's daily news feed service. Prior to joining the team at Lakestar he worked as a business reporter at Crain's Manchester Business, and spent three years as a general reporter at the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria.

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