"On June 1, the Financial Times reported that Google planned to
drop Windows as its primary desktop operating system and switch to
Apple's Mac OS X and Linux, because the latter two are more secure
than Windows. That's a pretty bold leap by any measure. Should your
organisation follow suit? Not so fast.
"No doubt about it, switching desktop operating systems across
an enterprise the size of Google is a massive undertaking. There's
just so much to take care of. It's a move that's far more
complicated and disruptive than simply uninstalling one operating
system and installing another. And the direct product costs are a
mere drop in the bucket compared to the overall costs when you
consider things like tech support, user training and so on.
"I can only assume that Google was well aware of all this and
made an informed business decision. If that is the case, should the
rest of us consider it a warning sign that we should heed?"
This is a little more subtle than the usual
all-computing-is-dangerous guff --ed.