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Chrome will support Windows XP even if Microsoft won't

Google announced that it will continue to support Chrome under Windows XP through 2015.

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The evidence is in and undeniable - many TechRepublic members will still be using Microsoft Windows XP after the April 2014 deadline for continued support. The security concerns this practice will have for all concerned are very real, but Google has offered to mitigate some of the risk by pledging to support the Chrome browser on Windows XP until 2015.

Reasoning

According to the blog post announcing this plan, here is what Google is thinking:

"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."

All of which sounds fine, but the cynic in me also notices that this is also a good way to increase Chrome's market share in the crowded browser field - just saying.

Is this a good thing?

Do you think it is a good thing overall that there will be at least one web browser still receiving support and security updates even after Windows XP is officially a non-supported operating system? Are you concerned that this may slow down the transition away from XP for many organizations, which raises the possibility of increased security risks?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

16 comments
macgvr
macgvr

My concern is that browsers are still not as secure as we would  wish, even chrome. Further, there are other attack vectors that can be used to compromise the OS. That means anyone using XP, after April, does so at their own peril. I have a perfectly a good computer that would continue to provide decent service but is running XP and is not capable of running Windows 7 properly.   I will not be using it after that time unless I do something like install Linux on it. I am not schilling for Linux here, it is just an option to allow continued use of a computer that doesn't get a lot of use so it doesn't make sense to go buy a new one. I would rather do that than have to deal with an infected computer on a regular basis. Some trojans, and other malware, are really nasty and I would rather not have them stealing any personal info, if I can avoid it. Time will tell just how bad it will be for those who continue to run XP but I don't choose to be among that number.

Gisabun
Gisabun

First, from the title, it sounds like Google will continue the Windows\ patching for Windows XP. Unlikely. :-)

Second, unsure what difference it will make for those using IE. They know already that IE hasn't been updated in years [except security updates]. If they haven't switched over by now, they won't.

Third, why bother using Chrome? Version 30 [which came out recently] fixes 50 vulnerabilities from the last version 29. That is a lot. No other browser has ever had that many fixes in one update. Better off with IE than this buggy piece of crap.

Stratocaster
Stratocaster

This is a Trojan horse. Chrome may receive future security updates to run on XP, much as IE8 does now.  But most of the time the browser is just a window to the big bad world filled with malware and evildoers.  How will a more-secure Chrome keep phishing attacks off of a now-insecure WinXP box when the unsuspecting and unsophisticated user clicks on that link in the e-mail?  Would you use online tax preparation software with Chrome to prepare and submit your income taxes?

info
info

Why not? We just experienced a rather large disruption in Canada with some major banks due to a flaw with their websites for business transactions. All of our Windows 7 computers were powerless to do anything. I was able to get our transactions through using a barely-affected Windows XP desktop... Newer isn't always better.

goldenpirate
goldenpirate

Did I miss something somewhere along the line??  I have yet to see anything in relation to Firefox support after XP is dumped by MS.  Will Mozilla continue to supply updated versions of Firefox that will run on XP?

Softedge
Softedge

i suspected it would happen, personally i think it is a good thing.  i am a believer that the operating system should solely be the core link between hardware and software.  everything else should be an app that i chose to install or not, not just disable on my system.  all of those disabled features are bloat and slow me down or force me into unneeded consumption.

grabow
grabow

So Google will keep Chrome on XP as it now.... useless.

I have been unable to add an extension for a long time.  It has been blamed on having a dynamic drive setup.

What ever the reason, Chrome on XP is useless.  In fact other than some HTML5 things, I find it rather useless.


jorgeleitao
jorgeleitao

They're merely supporting their products on a well known stable OS platform, no biggie. For Chrome actually it is better that the OS hasn't been constantly patched as no further tests would be required.

Users have had many years to upgrade if that's what want, if they don't upgrade the OS won't destroy itself or stop working, it's just not logical to expect that any company would provide free support and updates for ever.
Apple does just the same or worse, as there's no defined Support Lifecycle for their products.


 

AES2
AES2

This is the same company that supports Google Apps on only the latest two browser versions, officially withdrawing support for Internet Explorer 8, the last version of IE that runs on XP, last November.  With Windows 8.1 coming out tomorrow with IE 11, expect them to withdraw support for IE 9 next month.

Fire eating monkey
Fire eating monkey

Have I missed something here?

XP no longer supported (That I know)

Office 2003 no longer supported (That I know)

Internet Explorer 8 no longer supported (That's news to me!)

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000

I'm not a Google fan, but this is a cunning move by Google.

This will generate a good impression of their corporation, at a time when MS is deliberately antagonising a large number of its users.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Do you think it is a good thing overall that there will be at least one web browser still receiving support and security updates even after Windows XP is officially a non-supported operating system?

Gisabun
Gisabun

@Fire eating monkey Errr.... IE8, IE7 and IE6 for Win XP die the same time as Win XP. IE7 will live with Vista for a few more years. IE8 will live until Win7 dies.

Gisabun
Gisabun

@lehnerus2000 Antagonizing? Why support a nearly 13 year old outdated operating system? Does Apple keep a OS X version for 10 years? 5 years? How about any Linux distro?

JeffDeWitt
JeffDeWitt

@Gisabun @lehnerus2000 Why support it?  Because there are still a LOT of people out here still using XP (I'm using it at work right now), and a lot are going to keep on using it.

My Mom has an XP computer, it does everything she wants it to do and she doesn't have the money (or the inclination) to buy another computer or learn how to use another operating system.  She's not a geek and has better things to do with her time and money.

And there are a LOT of people out there who feel the same way.


XP might be "outdated", but it WORKS.  If you are doing web stuff and running Office XP works just fine.

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000

@Gisabun @lehnerus2000  

I don't know what Apple does.

I haven't touched a Mac since the original all-in-one B/W version (nearly 30 years ago).

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As for Linux, nobody has to pay to run Linux (or software for it) unless they want to.

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I was alluding to the W8 Start Menu fiasco.

Also the fact that MS is claiming that they have restored the Start button in W8.1 (sort of true) but not the Start Menu, which is what people actually meant.

You can also throw in, not releasing a W8.1 ISO, so that people can do clean installs.

Windows Forums are already receiving "cries for help", from people whose upgrades have gone wrong.

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As for XP, MS is "cutting off its nose to spite its face".

Do the math, they could easily rake in $1B/month, if they charged $10/month/PC for security updates (based on 100M XP PCs being used by business, out of the up to 500M that are supposedly still accessing the Internet).

I seriously doubt that MS spends $1B/month on programmers creating patches for XP.

I'd be surprised if it even amounted to $100M/month (which would therefore generate $900M/month in profit).