Google is showing Microsoft Windows XP users some love by extending Chrome support until “at least April 2015.”
In a blog post today, Google’s Mark Larson states that, unlike Microsoft, the maker of Chrome cares about the “hundreds of millions of users” that are still relying on the desktop OS that is over a decade old.
“We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks,” said Larson.
Microsoft has already announced that it will cease supporting Windows XP SP3 as of April 8, 2014. While many average consumers have already switched over to Windows 7 (or other non-Windows OS), a large chunk of desktop users still have XP humming under the hood.
Data provided by Net Market Share indicate that nearly a third of all documented desktop users are using XP. Windows 7 is still the go-to platform for most, but it appears as though Windows 8 is gaining some traction—albeit a bit forceful.