Google announced ending Chrome support for XP, Vista and older versions of Mac. What it means is, it is no longer safe to use the world’s most popular browser in XP, Vista and some of the older Mac platforms. The Mac OS no longer supported are OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
Since the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has been encouraging all its customers to move to latest OS Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10. The job was not that easy as Microsoft expected. Lot of Windows users loved XP and Win 7 for the stability, robust, secure and fast performance. Though understandably there was lot of resistance from XP and Win 7 users, lot of them have since migrated to either the latest Windows 8.1 or 10.
Naturally, it is no more viable for Microsoft to keep technical support for the outdated OS. They are slowly shutting down support for XP and Vista. Vista currently will have support till 11 April 2017. Very soon, the same will happen to Win 7. Most ISP’s and software developers are following the suit. ISP’s and software’s allow their services to run on XP, but no follow up support if they run into any problems.
Google no more supports installing Chrome on XP and Vista. You can only install the older versions of Chrome to install on these platforms. But you won’t be able to do functions like google hangouts as the related add-ons are no longer updated.
No more updates means there won’t be any more updates for patching security holes, and no more updates for hardware compatibility issues, performance problems and adding additional features. This makes your software more prone to viruses and malware.
According to Marc Pawliger, “if you are still on the one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest chrome versions and features.”
If you still don’t want to ditch XP or the older versions, you may try Firefox and Opera which still support the older version.