MANHASSET, N.Y. AT&T has set up a program to evaluate alternatives to Microsoft Windows, including Linux, for the company's internal desktop computers, according to a company representative.
Hossein Eslambolchi, AT&T's chief information officer, has created an engineering team to study various desktop operating systems, according to an AT&T spokesman. The team, which is based at AT&T Labs, will evaluate several options, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, the spokesman said.
The company is likely to stay with Windows, given Microsoft's recent efforts to fix security flaws and other shortcomings. The spokesman said AT&T isn't yet to the point where it is actively considering a move away from Windows.
Nevertheless, AT&T engineers will evaluate each operating system in terms of security, reliability and total cost of ownership, and their conclusions could affect company policy.
AT&T said it will make a final decision on the issue in late 2005 or early 2006.