Woolworths Ditches Microsoft Windows Desktop Computers, Shifts to 8,000 Google Chrome OS Devices

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By Vittorio Hernandez | June 11, 2014 8:40 AM EST

Australian grocery giant Woolworths is about to make technology history by ditching all of its Microsoft Windows desktop computers and switching to Google Chrome OS devices. By ordering 8,000 units, Woolies is making possibly the biggest deployment of Google Chrome OS gadgets globally.

The move is part of the supermarket chain's 2013 landmark move to be 100 per cent Google by replacing its Microsoft email, applications and PC OS in use for decades, reports Business Spectator.

Deon Ludick, Woolworths programme director, said the rollout of the 8,000 devices would begin by mid-2015. The orders were reportedly placed with several providers.

Gunnar Berger, research director of Gartner, cited the extremely secure Chrome OS as one of the biggest advantage in switching from Microsoft because of its ongoing competition which pays big rewards for people who could hack the gadget through the browser.

He stressed, "It's a compelling solution for an organisation that may be aggressively moving off of Windows," noting that eight of the top 10 original equipment manufacturers in the world, including Asus and Samsung, are dishing out Chrome OS devices.

A Woolworths spokesman added, "Overall the program will replace a legacy Microsoft Email platform with Google mail, introduce richer collaboration features and replace a legacy Windows XP desktop with a far superior web based desktop delivery method using Citrix."

Google said that 5 million other businesses have made the big switch to Chrome OS devices such as Kogan, AAPT, Dick Smith and Flight Centre.

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