So if you are somehow still clinging on to Windows XP, and are using Google Chrome on that decade-old OS (Honestly, I hope you aren’t doing either of those two), it looks like you can continue to do that, safely, at least till the end of this year.
You ask How ? Well, even though Microsoft itself stopped supporting Windows XP, Google felt (and thats a right feeling) that XP users should still get an option to use a browser that’s up-to-date and as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system.
The Chrome team has hence announced, that even though it had earlier said of supporting Chrome till April 2015, it is extending its commitment and will continue to provide support for Chrome till at least the end of this year. That being said, we might see another extension due to the never-die attitude which an OS like Windows XP carries.
While Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP for personal users way back in 2009 and for enterprise customers from April last year, millions of people still continue to log into that clear sky Windows XP background, probably unaware of the potential risk they are putting themselves into. Forget Millions, I see “reputed” Indian colleges still using Windows XP to teach students how to code. Hard to Digest, but true.
As per numerous voices and estimates, Windows XP still holds a staggering 12%-15% overall OS market share. And that’s not just it ! Reports have further suggested that Windows XP’s market share has in fact grown a little ! Again, Hard to digest, but probably true.
Anyways, it is good to see browsers like Chrome and Firefox still providing updates to Windows XP users. But then, you got to feel for them as they might still be using Internet Explorer 8. Yeah…feel for them.