Google will keep supporting its Chrome browser on Windows XP until at least the end of the year, the company has pledged. Google was orginally planning to withdraw support for the defunct operating system at the end of this month, but says it will now continue to deliver updates for XP users until the end of 2015.
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Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP last April, meaning consumers haven’t received any security updates for the OS for over a year, potentially leaving their systems wide open to critical security flaws. Internet Explorer 8 – released in 2009 – was the last version of Microsoft’s own browser to support Windows XP machines, and that hasn’t been updated since 2011.
Rival browser makers such as Google and Mozilla took advantage of Microsoft’s decision to withdraw support for Windows XP by continuing to tout Chrome and Firefox as safer alternatives for those still sticking with XP systems. Google is continuing to appeal to those customers who may feel abandoned by Microsoft. “We know that not everyone can easily switch to a newer operating system,” writes Mark Larson, director of engineering for Chrome on a Google blog.
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