Google has announced that Chrome support for Windows XP among others will finally end in April 2016. The other platforms include Windows Vista, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
What this means is that users on these operating systems will stop getting Chrome’s regular updates and security patches in five months. Yes, the browser will still work on your machine but it will remain stuck in that last version.
Marc Pawliger, Chrome's Director of Engineering, encouraged users to switch to newer operating systems to run Chrome without issues. He emphasized that "such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware." Further, they're no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.
If you’re on one of those outdated operating systems, you might not need to worry yet. VentureBeat reminds us that first Google said it would end Chrome support for Windows XP in April 2015. Then it was pushed until December 2015. And now it’s not until April of next year. That said, why cling to operating systems of the past? It might just be time to update.