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Google won't support Chrome on Win. XP, Vista and OS X 10.6 to 10.8 anymore

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April 15, 2016

For the remaining Windows XP users out in the open, they might want to reconsider upgrading their OS after reading this.

Google’s Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released and Google’s Chrome browser will no longer work on Microsoft’s older operating systems.

Besides XP, Google added that Chrome will no longer be supported on Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.

This shouldn't come as a surprise to those users since Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014. That's a little over two years.

It will be Microsoft’s XP desktop that will arguably be the most significant development.

Launched in 1999, Windows XP still commands a respectable 10 percent market share, despite Microsoft officially dropping its support two years ago.

The last version of Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer browser to run on Windows XP was IE 8, with Service Pack 3.

Microsoft has used its browser-platform support policies to entice PC users into moving to newer versions of its operating systems.

But the presence of Chrome, which Google has deliberately allowed to run on those legacy versions of Windows, has given Windows XP customers in particular a get out that has prolonged the operating system's life.

In several ways, the existence of Chrome with support for Windows XP has contributed to the continued healthy presence of XP, even in the workplace.

Additionally, Microsoft has also allowed Chrome to become established as a browser used in business, with Google’s browser becoming a default number-one for many Windows users.

Depending on which browser statistician you subscribe to, Chrome is now the web’s number one browser by market share. Just the size of the lead is in question, however.

It’s a far cry from IE’s near-monopoly on the web in the early 2000s, bar none. It will be interesting to see how fast people will upgrade to newer versions of OSs and which ones they choose.

Source: Google.

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