According to a report in the Financial Times, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) began moving employees away from Microsoft Windows and on to other operating systems back in January after its systems were hacked by what the company said were operatives working out of China, a charge corroborated by Internet infrastructure provider VeriSign.

Analyst Charles King said the move away from Windows "makes perfect sense" for a company like Google that's been promoting its own cloud services as an alternative to Windows apps.

"In a sense these are two companies with starkly different visions of what the future of computing will look like," King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told "From a competitive standpoint it makes perfect sense for Google to embrace its own alternative solutions and just step away from the company that's becoming its biggest competitor."

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