Google extends support for Chrome on Windows XP until the end of 2015
Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP last year.
But that doesn’t mean users are giving up on their beloved OS, which debuted 14 years ago.
A few weeks ago, we reported about how Windows XP continues to live on, in 2015. A report by NetMarket Share revealed that as of March 2015, Windows XP has more users than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined. XP has 16.94% of the market shares, while Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined has just 14.07%.
Support for Google Chrome on Windows XP :
Microsoft was desperate to abandon XP to move ahead, but Google did not give up on XP soon. The Mountain View company announced in October 2013, that it would continue supporting its browser Chrome, on XP until April 2015. This was to ensure that XP users had a browser that was safe and secure, unlike the vulnerable Internet Explorer 9.
That time has come to pass now, but Google says that millions of users still use XP, despite the fact that the Operating system hasn’t received a single security patch since its end of support in April 2014. But now, even Google warns that XP is insecure, and in danger of being infected by viruses and malware, and that users should move on to an operating system that is secure and supported.
The good news is, that Google says it will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015.
Windows XP’s 14 year journey: From existence to dominance to survival.
Microsoft released Windows XP on August 24, 2001. It reached the end of its Mainstream support on April 14, 2009. However, its incredible popularity meant that Microsoft had to extend support for it, by a further 5 years.
It was a time during which the company initially tried to lure XP users away to Windows 7, which proved to be its second best OS. It rightly claimed that Windows XP was prone to malware and attacks, and that users should move on to a modern Operating System. (Just like Google is doing now)
Windows 8 was launched in 2012, however there were still several million users who didn’t move away from the then-decade old XP. Windows 8 proved to be a disaster for the Redmond company, no thanks to the lack of a start menu and it’s horrid metro UI. Microsoft improving the performance of the OS with the release of 8.1.
Microsoft Windows XP, the company’s most popular OS, finally reached the end of support on April 8 2014, after which it would no longer be patched with security updates.
But the adoption rate of Windows 8.1 remained low, and continues to be so. Things could improve for Microsoft with the launch of Windows 10, which will be a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 users.