Earlier in 2015, Google has announced that its Chrome browser will no longer get updates for the Windows XP operating system before the end of the year. However, since 2015 is almost ending, the big search engine company announced that starting from April 2016, the Chrome browser will no longer get updates or security fixes on the Windows XP OS.
However, the end of Windows XP support was not a surprise to the tech community, as Google gave a lot of time for the users to update their computers to the newest Windows OS, such as Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
In addition, if your device is running on Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8 or Windows Vista, you will no longer get Google Chrome updates. According to Google, they’ve decided to stop supporting these operating systems because they are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.
Mark Pawliger, the Chrome director of Engineering, posted on Chrome’s official blog that the mentioned operating systems are missing critical security updates which are making them very vulnerable to malware and viruses.
According to some latest statistics, the Windows XP currently holds only around 10% of the global market share, while the Windows Vista OS has less than 2%.
On the other hand, when it comes to the Mac OS X users, statistics say that they update their machines very fast, which means that the latest move from Google will not affect many people that are using the Mac platform. Most of the computers which are using the OS X 10.6.8 platform are the old Mac devices that have PowerPC processors. The owners of these devices are “stuck” with the OS X 10.6.8 since this is the latest Mac OS X version that supports the PowerPC processors.