chromeMicrosoft is ending all support for Windows XP in April 2014, and doing its best to move users to newer versions of its desktop operating system. But Google isn’t letting go so easily.

Google said this morning that will continue to support Chrome on Windows XP for an “at least” extra year beyond the end-of-life for Windows XP, continuing to provide updates and patches for its browser on XP until April 2014.

“We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP,” said Google executive Mark Larson in a blog post this morning announcing the news. “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.”

The move is a poke in the eye to Microsoft, and it could put users at risk by encouraging them to remain on Windows XP even after security updates for the underlying operating system are discontinued.

But it’s also a pragmatic move given the large number of people still using Windows XP at home and at work — more than 31 percent as of last month. Here’s a graphic showing the breakdown of worldwide desktop OS usage.


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  • Guest

    Nice! I think it might be a nice move if Google were to buy out Windows XP altogether to support the 31% of customers that still use it. That’s over 2 billion people who expect further improvements to their OS of choice.

    Google, please buy Windows XP.

    • Guest

      Did this comment make sense even to you?

      • Guest

        Yes. Do you need any help to understand it?

        • Guest

          Yes. How exactly do you propose Google “buy Windows XP?” And even if it were possible, which it isn’t, why would they since they banned its use internally due to “security” concerns?

          • Guest

            Thank you! I’m glad that you’ve chosen to gather more information.

            Windows XP is a type of computer program called an “operating system,” which is the result of text files called “source code.” Think of source code as language which is “compiled” to effect actions. This sentence is in a language which your brain compiles so that you may understand and learn from it, for example.

            I’m suggesting that Google approach Microsoft and give them some money ($) to purchase the Windows XP source code. This represents a benefit to both parties. Microsoft, which intends to focus its development on Windows 7, 8, and RT, gets $ to build more operating systems. Google, which has a vested interest in keeping the many millions (some would say billions) of computer users running Windows XP able to access Google services, will be able to “fork” the Windows XP source code and continue developing it.

            There’s even a possibility that Google could “open” the source code for Windows XP, allowing the world’s software developers to collaborate on it. So-called “opened source” programs include Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, one of which you may be using right now!

            In conclusion, this is a good idea that I expect Google to pursue for the world’s benefit. If you’d like to know more, I can offer more education to you in exchange for some $.

        • Ryan Parrish

          They can’t buy something that isn’t for sale. The IP in Windows XP is the mitochondrial DNA in Windows 7 and Windows 8. So, in order to “buy” it they would have to license the Windows IP generally from Microsoft or merge with Microsoft. Neither are going to happen.

    • Ryan Parrish

      Nobody chooses XP, they choose to not get a new PC. Either they don’t want a new one or can’t afford a new one.

      • Paul Rain

        It’s easier to disable the rubbish that noone needs on Windows XP than on Windows 7. Less services to disable (though starting with ‘Themes’ on both).

  • Guest

    “continuing to provide updates and patches for its browser on XP until April 2014”

    Surely you mean April 2015

  • Marcel

    Windows XP will be supported until 2022 via its embedded cousin WES2009! I do understand Microsoft to get new sales but if every time you buy a new car the interface is changed (steering wheel. brakes, throttle) how good would be that. I love XP, I do not like W7 etc. at all. Why can’t I choose to stick
    with XP and be very productive.

  • Josh Jenkins

    I always find this sad! I still have XP on my old computer just cause I always liked it! Guess I’ll finally have to switch it on over. I use mainly chrome and torch browser so windows 7, here I come.

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