You would think that if you walked into the Google HQ, that you'd see Chromebooks sprawled everywhere, but that is not the case. Google's OS of choice, is Apple's Mac OS X platform, with the company imposing Mac use to all its employees.
The company supports most operating systems, including Windows, Linux and its own Chrome OS. Google System Engineer, Clay Caviness, says: "There was a time when Macs were a small part of the Google fleet, but as of now if you start at Google and want to use a platform other than Mac you have to make a business case."
I can see where Google is coming from, Macs are great, and overall, more 'stable' than Windows. I think this is in part to Macs being more secure, and its user base is nowhere near the size of Windows' user base. But, everyone has their preferences. Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had some interesting things to say about the 'superiority' of Macs versus PCs, where he compared Android devices with Macs.
He said: "Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back." If the Retina MacBook Pro wasn't priced at over twice the price of a great Windows 8.1-based Ultrabook, I would get one in a second. Unfortunately, they are out of financial reach for most consumers.
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:29 pm CDT
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