Just over a year ago, Microsoft finally set Windows XP out into the wild, ending its support for the aging OS, and encouraging users around the globe to change to its newer operating systems. That hasn’t exactly worked out for Microsoft, as there are still more Windows XP clients than those running Windows 8 and 8.1 frameworks consolidated.

All XP clients stay at an increased risk from security vulnerabilities, since the OS is never again being updated and patched. But with such a large number of clients still on XP, Google has declared that it is extending support for its popular Chrome browser on the OS.

Google had previously committed to supporting Chrome on Windows XP until ‘at least’ April 2015, giving an entire year of extra support for clients who intended to eventually transition to newer operating systems. But the company has now said it “will keep on giving regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015”.

In a blog entry, Mark Larson, Director of Engineering for Chrome, warned that “at the operating system level, PCs running XP are inherently in threat of being infected by malware and viruses, making it increasingly difficult for Chrome to provide a safe browsing environment.”

But he included that Google wants XP clients “to have the alternative to use a browser that is up-to-date and as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system.”

Despite this support extension for Chrome on Windows XP, Google still advises that all clients “update to a supported, secure operating system” as soon as possible.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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