Chrome for Windows XP will be updated by Google through 2015, even after Microsoft ditches XP
Microsoft will in six months end support form Windows XP, but Google wants to breath just a little more life into the aging OS. According to the Google’s Chromeblog, they claim that they will continue to support Chrome on Windows XP through at least April 2015 — a full year after Microsoft stops issuing security patches on XP. The Search giant however notes,
the browser is a major point-of-attack for malware, and by using an updated browser, XP users might be able to keep their systems safe for just a little while longer.
Windows XP is still exceedingly popular especially here in Africa
Though XP might be over a decade old, there are many users here in Africa that use it as their main OS especially due to the low low cost PC and second hand laptops that run the OS. For Google, the move could help get businesses on board with using Chrome, as many begin or try to finish a prolonged upgrade of their computers to Windows 7, which still seems to be the go-to operating system for business machines.
We believe that Google’s move of continuing to support Chrome in XP is hardly just a matter of making a name for itself : with so many people still using in developing nations, there’s a good chance that Google would be leaving plenty of existing Chrome users out to dry if it left the OS alongside Microsoft.