Google, the developer of the popular web browser Chrome, has announced plans to end support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This should not be surprising – Windows XP came out in 2001, while Vista debuted in January 2007 and currently just 11 per cent and 2 per cent of people, respectively, use them with these numbers shrinking by the day.
At first the support period was expected to end in spring 2015 but it was expanded for one more year. Now support will end in April 2016 and apart from these two Windows versions, Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 will be affected as well.
Not everything is lost, though – Chrome will continue to work on the aforementioned operating systems but it will no longer receive updates and patches for newly discovered problems and security holes, which means users of old operating systems and old versions of Chrome will be more vulnerable to viruses and malware compared to users of newer Chrome versions or operating systems.
The solution to this situation is simple – you should upgrade to either Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.9 in order to enjoy Chrome to its fullest extent.