Google to end support for Chrome on Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 in April 2016
Google has officially announced that it will be ending support for its Chrome browser on Windows XP.
Earlier this year, we reported that the Mountain View company had announced that it would be continuing to support Chrome for Windows XP through the remainder of 2015.
Well now, it has actually extended the deadline by a few months, until April 2016 last year. Coincidentally, Microsoft had ended support for the classic operating system in April last year. It is clearly not a good month for XP.
Jokes aside, considering the fact that the operating system was released way back in 2003, it didn’t come as a surprise. But you will be surprised by the number of users who are still using Windows XP. In today’s age, where Windows 10 is the talk of the town, XP still continues to hold a usage share of just over 11%. And yes that is higher than Windows 10 users, who amount to just 8%, three months after the Redmond company launched the operating system.
That number is only second to Windows 7, which continues to dominate the desktop usage share with a whopping 55%.
XP is not the only one Google is dropping support for, Windows Vista won’t be supported either. In fact, all of Microsoft and Apple’s operating systems which are older than 5 years, won’t be supported by Google. This translates to the fact that Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 are all going to be affected by this, reports TechnoBuffalo.
This of course, doesn’t mean that you cannot use Chrome on XP, or any of the other operating systems mentioned above. This is the official word from the Mountain View company:
Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.
But do keep in mind that this is not recommended, as any security flaws present in the browser will have not b patched, hence putting the user and the data at great risk.
Honestly it is just going to be Windows XP users who are going to be left behind, as Apple Mac OS X users can update to the latest version of the operating system, El Capitan, without spending a dime. Google is recommending users to upgrade to a newer operating system. And that is in fact very good advice, as an operating system with security loopholes is a sitting duck for malwares and other forms of attacks.
I recommend readers to use Windows 7 or above to stay secure,as it still has