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Only 20% of Google employees use Windows computers

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that as many as 80 percent of Google’s employees are no longer using Windows computers. The comments came from an interview with All Things Digital, and suggests that the majority of Google employees are working with the company’s own Chrome OS rather than other platforms. And why not? If you work for Google, you might as well use Google’s OS.

“I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with Windows,” Brin said. “It has a lot of great security features. But I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users.” He claims that Chrome OS does not “put the burden of managing the computer” on users. By next year he hopes that even more employees are using the company’s OS.

Google employees get 10 percent raise in 2011

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

As if it wasn’t already great to work for Google, the company has announced that they will be offering their employees a 10% pay increase starting in 2011. CEO Eric Schmidt said in his email to over 23,000 employees, that the raise is in addition to a $1,000 holiday bonus.

One reason for their generosity is to help prevent their talented employees from going to other companies. Last month, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said that the Internet industry is waging a “war for talent,”. Looks like he was right.

Dell offering free Venue Pros to employees in exchange for BlackBerrys

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2010

Dell is offering to trade employees’ old and broken BlackBerry devices for the new Venue Pro. That’s pretty generous of the company and if everyone takes them up on the offer, there will be 25,000 RIM smartphones out of a job.

It is not just nice to do, its good for business. The Wall Street Journal says that this will cut Dell’s mobile communications bill by a full quarter, as they will no longer have to support BlackBerry servers. In other news Android variants will be made available in the future as well.

Microsoft Employees hold iPhone and Blackberry funerals

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Last Friday Microsoft employees got out of their cubicles at the Redmond campus to attend a funeral parade that resembles some kind of geek Mardi Gras. There were apparently plenty of crazy outfits, like zombies, Darth Vader and even some Village People impersonations. They were there to lament the BlackBerry and iPhone’s demise.

It looks like it was a sad affair as iPhone and Blackberry mock-ups were carried coffin style to the grave. Obviously Microsoft wanted to make a statement about the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

McDonalds Japan to train employees using Nintendo DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2010

Looks like McDonald’s is embracing Nintendo’s portable gaming console to train it’s employees. The fast food company is developing a Nintendo DS training program for its part-time employees, called eSmart. It will cost ¥200,000,000 (or about $2.2M USD) to develop, which is apparently no big deal for the mega-giant.

The company hopes that the software will reduce training time by at least half. And everyone in Japan is already familiar with the Nintendo DS and plays it all the time, so it seems like a marriage made in heaven.