Google promises support for Chrome on Windows XP until April 2015

Windows XP logoTo those of you who are still using Windows XP: First, really? You haven’t even upgraded to at least Windows 7 yet? And second, if you also use the Chrome web browser, Google has promised support for you until mid-2015. The most recent post on the official Chrome blog details Google’s specific plans, which include  providing “regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015.”

Of course, Microsoft will officially retire Windows XP one year earlier, in April 2014, after more than a decade of support.  However, since Google recognizes that unpatched browser bugs are some of the most common targets of malware – and that companies and individuals often wait far too long before updating old systems – Google will continue to support its browser.

According to Google, a “good chunk” of its users still use Chrome on Windows XP, so this is heartening, to say the least. Just under half of our visitors here at Pocketables use Windows according to Google Analytics, and a good portion of them are on XP. In any case, it’s good to see Google extending the olive branch to people who insist on running outdated software.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

2 thoughts on “Google promises support for Chrome on Windows XP until April 2015

  • October 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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    I have a hard time remembering how to navigate various settings in XP any more, especially network-related ones.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm
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    Really? YES: several laptop manufacturers just before MS switched to vista refused to update drivers for next OS, to push new hardware sales. In results even with decent laptop you could either have Win7 or vista with no Graphic drivers, or fully working XP – or go ubuntu or other linux OS.

    Sad, sad practice unfortunately. My old laptop which I let to use guests from time to time… has still highly customised XP and it is still KICKING! :|)

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