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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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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