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Forum Thread: Google promises Microsoft Windows XP support for Chrome until 2015

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mogs Google promises Microsoft Windows XP support for Chrome until 2015
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By Alastair Stevenson
Google has promised to issue Chrome web browser security patches for Windows XP until at least 2015, a full year after Microsoft officially ends support for the operating system.

Google director of engineering for Chrome Mark Larson announced the news in a blog post. "Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, we're extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015," he said.
Microsoft will officially end support for its decade-old Windows XP operating system on 8 April 2014. Despite this, many businesses are not preparing to update their systems to newer Windows versions.
In April research from application migration specialist Camwood revealed that two out of five UK IT decision makers are yet to begin migrating to a more modern platform. Larson cited the number of people still using Windows XP as a key reason for Google's decision to continue support for the OS.
"We recognise that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organisations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating," he said.
"Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks."
Google's announcement follows widespread reports the cyber threat facing businesses is growing. Earlier this month Symantec researchers reported finding a bogus Facebook page duping victims into downloading data-stealing malware.

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2301232/google-prom...

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mogs RE: Google promises Microsoft Windows XP support for Chrome until 2015
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Extending Chrome support for XP users until April 2015

On April 8, 2014, after more than a decade of powering many of the world’s computers, Windows XP will officially retire. Like all technologies that come to their end-of-life, the XP operating system and most of its desktop applications will no longer receive updates and security patches. Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, we’re extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015.

We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks.

If you’re an IT administrator and your employees depend on web applications built for older browsers, you can use Legacy Browser Support to set Chrome as the primary browser and limit the usage of the unsupported, legacy browser to only specific web apps. See Chrome for Business to learn more about how to deploy and manage Chrome for an organization.

Mark Larson, Director of Engineering and Superintendent of Public Safety, Google Chrome

http://chrome.blogspot.co.uk/

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