XP users: switch to Chrome for extended support

Google will keep supporting Its Chrome browser on Windows XP until at least the end of 2015. the company has pledged. Google was originally planning to withdraw support for the operating system at the end of April, but says it will now continue to deliver updates.

Writing on the Chrome Blog (www.snipca.com/16211).

Mark Larson, director of engineering for the browser, said: “Millions of people are still working on XP computers every day. 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’.

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on 8 April 2014. although the company did issue an emergency fix for the operating system the following month. Internet Explorer 8. released in 2009. was the last version of Microsoft’s current browser to support Windows XP PCs and that hasn’t been updated since 2011.

Despite extending support for XP. Larson stressed that computers running it are ‘inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses”. Google will continue to “strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system”.

You can download the latest version of Chrome at www.google.co.uk/chrome.

In April Microsoft released the first version of its new Spartan browser, which will eventually replace IE Learn how to use it in Windows 10 on page 38.

COMMENT

This is good news for anyone prepared to risk browsing the web on an XPPC. though we st« recommend upgrading to a more recent version of Windows. It’s also another attempt by Google to win the hearts and minds of the millions of people who felt abandoned by Microsoft when XP support ended. In his blog post Mark Larson writes: “We know that not everyone can easily switch to a newer operating system”. The Implication is clear: we understand your needs better than nasty old Microsoft.

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