Despite Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP support in April 2014, Google has announced that it will continue to provide Chrome updates for the retiring OS until at least 2015. In a statement from their head of engineering, Google said it recognized the fact that millions of users still use XP for various reasons. “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,” said Mark Larson, in a blog post. “Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks.”
In an emailed statement to TheRegister.co.uk, Microsoft has acknowledged that third parties like Google want to maintain their XP-compatible applications, but has warned XP users to “recognize that support will not address fixes and security patches in the core Windows kernel, so new vulnerabilities can still be exploited even though applications might be updated”. Though XP is over a decade old it only comes second to Windows 7 in the popularity stakes amongst Windows users, according to a report by NetMarketShare.