This Computer Will Soon Stop Receiving Google Chrome Updates
“This Computer Will Soon Stop Receiving Google Chrome Updates Because Windows XP and Windows Vista Will No Longer Be Supported”
Are you still using a Windows XP or Windows Vista computer?
Perhaps it’s time you considered upgrading your operating system, as Google is no longer offering any support or updates to the Chrome browser on Window XP and Windows Vista. April 2016 was scheduled to be the deadline for this, which has since been reached.
Which are the Platforms that are No Longer Supported by Google Chrome?
This is what Google announced on its blog a year back:
“Today, we’re announcing the end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.
Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes. If you are still on 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.”
Why has Google Stopped Supporting these Platforms?
Google’s director of engineering Marc Pawliger explained why Google had ended support to these platforms: “Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware.”
Windows XP has been a real problem. There are still many who continue to use it on their computer despite it being over 10 years old. Many businesses, even large organizations such as the U.S. Navy continue to cling on to Windows XP. Windows XP has 10 percent of the market share on PCs. Windows Vista as a 2 percent market share.
There are many who still have old Macs with PowerPC processors that are stuck on OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. That’s because these are the last versions of OS that are still compatible with these processors. There are many who are still in love with their old Power Macs and PowerBooks, so they might be hurt by Google’s decision not to send Chrome updates any more to OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
The older operating systems often become vectors for malware and viruses, and when you have unpatched versions of Chrome running on them, they could be really vulnerable to hackers from around the world.
What Can You Do About It?
What if you have an old PC at home?
Well, they can hold on to Chrome and get the latest updates and upgrades from Google provided they upgrade to a new operating system such as Windows 10. There really is no point in clinging on to an older operating system.
If you still insist on holding on to your Windows XP or Windows Vista, you should forget all about Google Chrome as you will not receive any support from Google.
Instead, you should look at alternatives to Chrome. Mozilla Firefox is the #1 alternative to Chrome and Firefox still supports Windows XP and Windows Vista. But there’s no telling how long this support will last.
There are other great browsers such as Vivaldi, which is still in its beta testing stage. Vivaldi is based on the open source Chromium code. It runs all Chrome extensions. There are other browsers that are based on Chromium such as Comodo Dragon, Torch, and Opera.
Another option that you may want to consider is Maxthon, which is a great replacement for both Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. It is based on Chromium as well.
If you would rather hold on to Chrome, then you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8 or preferably Windows 10, but this can cost a lot. To avoid that, look for an affordable and legal upgrade disc; this is available at most computer shops. Refurbished versions of Windows 8 are available as well, and they don’t cost much.