John Paczkowski

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Windows Use at Google Evidently One of Those 20 Percent Things

If Google is phasing out internal use of Microsoft Windows, it’s taking its time with the transition. Asked during a Wednesday I/O Q&A what percentage of Google employees still use Windows machines at work, co-founder Sergey Brin hazarded a guess and it was quite a bit more than you might think.

“I’d guess maybe 20 percent,” he replied, noting that most use Windows 7. “I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with Windows. It has a lot of great security features.”

An interesting remark, given reports that Google has been actively moving employees off Windows as part of “a security effort.” That said, the company clearly has big hopes for its Chrome OS internally and feels the wider deployment of Chromebooks within the company will make things easier for everyone by eliminating the complexity of managing their computers.

“Chromebooks are a new model that doesn’t put the burden of managing the computer on yourself….I think that’s just a much easier way to compute. Ultimately, the most precious resource is the user’s time….I hope next year to be able to report that we have a very small percentage of our employees using anything other than Chromebooks.”

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