Google has announced it will only support Chrome on Windows XP until the end of this year.
On Thursday, a post by Mark Lawson, Chrome’s director of engineering read: “We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015.”
“We know that not everyone can easily switch to a newer operating system,” Mark Lawson added.
“Millions of people are still working on XP computers every day. We want those people to have the option to use a browser that’s up-to-date and as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system.”
The move comes after Google had previously announced that it would be ending Chrome support of XP in April 2015. However, with April almost upon us, Google has said it will continue with its support of Microsoft’s now outdated and potentially vulnerable platform until the end of year, helping to keep users safe from browser based vulnerabilities.
If you’re still using Windows XP, if at all possible, you really should upgrade to a newer version of the OS right away.
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014, which means that, apart from one relating to the FREAK vulnerability, the OS has not received security patches or critical updates in more than a year making it extremely vulnerable to malware, viruses and other security issues.
Mark Lawson also wrote about the vulnerability of Windows XP: “At the operating system level, computers running XP are inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses, making it increasingly difficult for Chrome to provide a secure browsing environment,” he wrote.
“That’s why we strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system.”
The extended Chrome support is good news for Windows XP users.
Firefox 12 also still offers some support on certain versions of XP, however, if you are still using the outdated operating system with older, outdated versions of Internet Explorer, you really are asking for trouble and potentially leaving yourself wide open to being hacked or having your machine infected with viruses and harmful malware.
In fact, if you are using Windows XP and Internet Explorer, for your own sake, it is probably best if you shutdown your computer and never, ever, ever turn it back on again. Ever.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.