The technology world is right in the middle of a major and important transition. With Microsoft staying firm on ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, users and businesses are planning an upgrade to a new version of the operating system.
Sure, many already have, and million more will do so by the cutoff date. But there will always be some that will, for one reason or another, stick with the ancient operating platform after retirement.
Nevertheless, along with Microsoft other companies have also started to announce their plans for software for the soon-to-be-retired OS.
Google, for instance, has just announced that its Chrome web browser will continue to come with support for Windows XP until April 2015 — in other words, a full year after Microsoft officially pulls the plug off of the old operating system.
The company made the announcement in a blog post, with Mark Lawson, the director of Engineering and Superintendent of Public Safety (wow) saying:
“Like all technologies that come to their end-of-life, the XP operating system and most of its desktop applications will no longer receive updates and security patches.
Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, we’re extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015.”
Additionally, the Internet giant noted that it recognizes the fact that hundreds of millions of users still rely on the old operating system, and many organizations will have some level of trouble migrating from the retiring platform.
For this reason, it promises to support Chrome users on Windows XP through this transition process by releasing security fixes to safeguard against attacks.