Last time Google talked about Chrome and Windows XP, word was the company would support the OS “until at least April 2015”. You may have noticed that we are well into April and Google is still providing updates for Chrome on XP. So just how long will this generosity last?
Microsoft may have cut ties with Windows XP after 13 years of service, but it’s left other software houses to decided when they should bite the bullet. While Google eventually will for Chrome, users of the ancient platform have been granted a short-term reprieve.
Mark Larson, Google’s director of engineering on Chrome, recently posted on the browser’s official blog that Windows XP would be supported throughout 2015:
Millions of people are still working on XP computers every day. We want those people to have the option to use a browser that’s up-to-date and as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system. We previously announced that we’d keep supporting Chrome on Windows XP through ‘at least’ April 2015. It’s April 2015 now, and we’re extending that commitment. We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015.
On the Mozilla side of the fence, the organisation hasn’t really spoken about Windows XP support, except for mentioning to Neowin’s Brad Sams a few years ago that it has “no plans to discontinue support for our XP users”. Seeing as Firefox still works on XP, we can assume things will stay that way, at least for now.
Providing updates for Chrome for XP through 2015 [Google Chrome Blog]