Microsoft launched Windows XP almost eleven years ago, and it went on to become one of the most popular desktop operating systems of all time. So much so, that Microsoft had to run campaigns to urge people to upgrade
as it prepares to retire the OS in 2014. Specifically, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.
A number of people and enterprises are still running Windows XP and use Google's Chrome desktop browser for browsing the web, and to win them over, the Internet giant has announced
that it would be extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, until at least April 2015, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to prevent users from malware and other security attacks that can arise due to a lack of security updates.
"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. 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," said Google in a blog post, announcing its decision.
To offer some context, Windows XP users cannot upgrade beyond version 8 of Internet Explorer, Microsoft's own web browser, so this in a way comes as a sigh of relief to users who'd want to wait till 2015 for an operating system/ PC upgrade.
According to the recent Net Applications market share data
, around 31.41 percent users are still running Windows XP on their computers, though a large number of users (around 46.43 percent) have upgraded to Windows 7. The data is tracked across 160 million unique visitors across 40,000 websites.