Google has confirmed that it will support Chrome on computers running Windows XP until the end of 2015. Users will continue to see all bug fixes and security patches, as well as the browser’s latest features.
In a post on its blog, Google pointed out that while XP is outdated and no longer supported by Microsoft — and therefore “inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses” — the search giant understands it isn’t easy for everyone to upgrade to a newer and more secure operating system.
“Millions of people are still working on XP computers every day,” writes Mark Larson, Google’s Director of Engineering. “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.”
Back in 2013, Google promised to support Chrome on XP until April 2015 — a full year after Microsoft stopped updating the OS. But given that so many people are still using XP, the company has decided to extend its support period.
If you continue to use XP into 2016, you’ll either have to stick with an older version of Chrome, or switch to Firefox, which currently has no plans to stop supporting the platform.
But with Windows 10 coming this summer, perhaps it’s time to finally update your computer instead.