To 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 In any case, it’s good to see Google extending the olive branch to people who insist on running outdated software.