Google will from April 2016, stop supporting its Chrome browser on any machines running dated versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Windows XP will be the main culprit even though the doomed version of Windows that came right after it, Vista and Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 will also no longer be supported.
The reason given is that in the case of some of the operating systems like Windows XP are no longer supported by their makers. Launched in October 2001, Windows XP reached its end of life early last year and Microsoft started encouraging users to upgrade to more recent releases of Windows including the popular Windows 7. Google is also assuming the same tone of encouraging users of its Chrome browser to upgrade since critical updates and security fixes will no longer be availed as much as the browser will continue working. Even then, Windows XP is still very popular and one of the most widely used operating systems in the world. As of the beginning of November, it was the second most widely used operating system with close to 12% market share.