Google has decided to offer Google Chrome support for Windows XP through April 2015. This includes potential security holes. Google’s support for XP is one year after Windows XP support from Microsoft is due to ending. Microsoft actually ended mainstream support for XP in 2009 too.
?We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP,? said Google in a blog post. ?Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating.?
Google said that malware software takes advantage of security bugs in web browsers for infecting whole computers. Google can prevent browser-based attacks from hitting Windows XP until 2015 as a result. A majority of businesses and individuals should upgrade from Windows XP by then.
According to StatCounter, Windows XP has a 20% market share. This is shocking because Microsoft launched Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 since then.
“If you?re an IT administrator and your employees depend on web applications built for older browsers, you can use Legacy Browser Support to set Chrome as the primary browser and limit the usage of the unsupported, legacy browser to only specific web apps. See Chrome for Business to learn more about how to deploy and manage Chrome for an organization,” stated Google Chrome Director of Engineering and Superintendent of Public Safety Mark Larson.