We actually wondered what Microsoft
would say if they got wind of Google
's plans to phase out
Windows machines in favor of Linux and OS X
alternatives, and it looks like our wish has been granted. Microsoft
recently published a response the rumor (which has still not been
confirmed by Google), and the whole thing feels like Microsoft trying to
cut this off before it blows up into something big. Addressing a rumor
that has yet to be confirmed is a pretty big move, and naturally the
focus is on security.
The company points to a number of reports on Microsoft's great security
efforts, presumably in an effort to "set the record straight."
Basically, the post links to a number of reports where hackers admit
that Windows security has been enhanced, and one where the topic of Macs
being attacked by high-risk malware is happening more and more often.
Of course, this all just sounds like damage control to us. There's no
begging or pleading for Google to stick with Microsoft, and there's no
bashing of Google at all. There's not even an outright mention that
Google is the one being pointed at, but when you start the post of with a
line like "whether or not one particular company is reducing its use of
Windows," you know exactly who is who.
Here's a list of pointers from Microsoft on why their security is
top-notch, but honestly, we're still waiting to hear if any other
companies are following the lead of Google. It's easy to point out the
positives in order to make light of such a massive decision, but keeping
it all together during a mass exodus would be another story entirely.
Something tells us the company's grip on the enterprise won't be
loosened any day soon though.
Here are some examples of the things we are focused on to help make
our customers more secure:
- We ship software and security updates to our customers as soon as
possible through Windows Update and Microsoft Update to keep our
- We highly recommend our customers enable Automatic Update to ensure
they are protected from attacks.
- With Windows 7, we added improvements to BitLocker for disc
encryption (we also introduced BitLocker-to-Go for external USB
devices), and added enhancements to the built in Windows Firewall for
- Windows 7 has Parental Controls built in that can be combined with
Windows Live Family Safety to create a safer experience on the PC for
- Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 which includes SmartScreen
Filter which has proven its success time
- And Windows 7 also uses Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) as
well by randomizing data in memory.