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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