Google will cease Chrome support for Windows XP, Vista, older OS X versions in April 2016


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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.

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Fabio Turati

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"these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple". Well, according to Microsoft's official lifecycle page (, Vista's extended support (which basically means security patches) will cease on April 11, 2017. I'm not saying Vista is something that deserves attention, but saying Microsoft no longer actively supports it is simply wrong.


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This is great news! Now Adobe won't try to install that crap on my XP machines, along with the Swiss cheese security debacle formerly known as Flash...(y)