Chrome to support Windows XP until April 2015, one year after Microsoft ends XP support

Microsoft may be less than six months away from cutting off official support for Windows XP, but today Google announced that users of the 12 year old operating system can continue to expect support for running the Chrome web browser for at least one year longer.

In a post on the official Chrome blog, Google said it will extend its Windows XP support of Chrome to April 2015. Currently, Microsoft plans to stop supporting XP on April 8th 2014. In the blog post Google stated:

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.

Net Applications' data for September shows that Windows XP is still being used by over 30 percent of all PCs worldwide, although its market share has dropped quite a bit in the last couple of months. Microsoft has said it wants to bring Windows XP down to below 13 percent by the support cut off date.

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Whats funny about Google doing this is, "How many products that Google put out that users was using when they all of a sudden they pulled the plug on them?"

Chrome will be switching to a new display renderer, currently it uses Angle backend to translate EGL calls to DX but they'll pretty soon drop D3D9 support hence the inability to support XP.

Weren't they the ones that where angry on Microsoft back in 2010 because they where hacked trough old software from MS? And now they are keeping it alive?

No - it was the other way: They were hacked through Chrome first and then subsequently through part of the operating system to gain remote control.

They were hacked through an old version of Internet Explorer which is why they want to help the poor souls stuck on XP by offering them Chrome for another year.

Isn't it funny the fact that Google is showing more love for ancient Windows XP than it is for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? I think it follows a pattern here.

xankazo said,
Isn't it funny the fact that Google is showing more love for ancient Windows XP than it is for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? I think it follows a pattern here.

They follow the market share

the headline is misleading, it should read, google gives up on XP too. the fact it is a year later than MSFT doesn't change the fact XP is doomed.

Wont mention which one, but I just went to do onsite support at a major retailer and had to reinstall their POS (and that's point of sale of you home user types), which was Windows 2000. Keep in mind your credit card info flows through these W2K systems.....

I did mention about PCI compliance and was advised that they will be running these until they cant repaired. So keep that in mind as you shop.....

benthebear said,
Good guy Google. Takes care of you after you've been abandoned...for a year...

What's so good about it? Supporting a freaking browser on an unsupported OS, has nothing good about it. The only reason they announced this, is for the PR.

Pupik said,

What's so good about it? Supporting a freaking browser on an unsupported OS, has nothing good about it. The only reason they announced this, is for the PR.

It's OK, man. I didn't mean anything by it, just taking a riff from the Good Guy Greg meme.

I've been into four different banks this week, for meetings with mortgage advisors. Guess which OS their computers were all using? Yep - Windows XP. Must admit it caught me off-guard.. wonder what their migration plans are! Can't believe they're leaving it so late.. I guess they gotta pay those bonus's to the bankers - to hell with getting supported IT

So many ignorant people on a supposed tech site. There are embedded Windows XP systems and other valid reasons for having an XP system. Get over yourselves and your self absorbed consumer oriented lives.

Xenosion said,
So many ignorant people on a supposed tech site. There are embedded Windows XP systems and other valid reasons for having an XP system. Get over yourselves and your self absorbed consumer oriented lives.

The embedded systems XP runs on wont be running Chrome in the end, that's not their focus. So this silly PR move by Google has zero effect when it comes to the embedded market.

Spicoli said,
Wouldn't they be using Window Embedded rather than XP?

As I said before, this distinction is entirely artificial. When WEPOS SP2 ended support after XP SP2, they just put up the plain custom support patches. I wonder what MS will do about POSReady 2009 ending support after XP SP3, as POSReady 2009 is based on the same XP SP3 codebase.

GP007 said,

The embedded systems XP runs on wont be running Chrome in the end, that's not their focus. So this silly PR move by Google has zero effect when it comes to the embedded market.


Silly PR move? Please. Sites are more and more not able to function at all with IE8. It's completely needed on these systems.

Xenosion said,

Silly PR move? Please. Sites are more and more not able to function at all with IE8. It's completely needed on these systems.

Google could've just as well kept support for IE8 instead. They were one of the first to drop support for it from their sites to begin with. This is nothing other than a move to get more Chrome users. It also still has nothing to do with embedded systems as those are often running custom software on top to do specific tasks and NOT browsing the web through a browser to begin with. Again, this move has nothing really to do with XPs use in any type of embedded systems.

GP007 said,

Google could've just as well kept support for IE8 instead. They were one of the first to drop support for it from their sites to begin with. This is nothing other than a move to get more Chrome users. It also still has nothing to do with embedded systems as those are often running custom software on top to do specific tasks and NOT browsing the web through a browser to begin with. Again, this move has nothing really to do with XPs use in any type of embedded systems.


In the real world it does. Whether you're an end user still stuck on XP due to the small business employer not being able to get 10 new computers or a vendor supporting XP machines or have embedded solutions in place, it still matters even if you'd like to pretend otherwise. Just yesterday I needed to upload files involving a phone system with Windows XP embedded and I had a hell of a time simply because Copy.com doesn't work at all with IE8. Had to install Chrome.

I have 8 Windows 8 pc's (including 2 Surface RT's) 1 Windows 7 Media Center along with 2 Windows 2012 Server's so most of my stuff is up to date but I also have a Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition Coin-op that is running MAME on XP 32-bit which has local network access for dropping in new rom's or connecting to it via remote desktop. Neither the XP Machine or the Win7 Media Center will ever be upgraded as they have dedicated specific jobs and as long as they do those well there is no reason to do otherwise.

Well, let's hope that Mozilla is also planning to end support for Windows XP in the coming year, however, I don't expect them to do so, if you take a look at their support for Windows 2000 (which ended begin this year (10.0.12esr was the last Firefox release for Windows 2000, however, they did get Firefox 11 and 12 too.)).

Studio384 said,
Well, let's hope that Mozilla is also planning to end support for Windows XP in the coming year, however, I don't expect them to do so, if you take a look at their support for Windows 2000 (which ended begin this year (10.0.12esr was the last Firefox release for Windows 2000, however, they did get Firefox 11 and 12 too.)).

Firefox needs completely re-written. It's still rubbish.

A foolhardy decision by Google. So, by the time they end Chrome support for Windows XP, the OS will
be dangerously insecure, with numerous zero-day security vulnerabilities that will never be patched.

I have to agree with Dot Matrix on this one.

DJGM said,
A foolhardy decision by Google. So, by the time they end Chrome support for Windows XP, the OS will
be dangerously insecure, with numerous zero-day security vulnerabilities that will never be patched.

I have to agree with Dot Matrix on this one.

+1
furthermore, once there are known 0day escalation flaws, users can say goodbye to chrome's sandbox.

considering the huge amount of flaws in webkit, chrome without sandbox is likely to be exploited by hackers very often on XP after April 2014, if there are enough XP users switching to chrome once the support ends.

It is still better than IE on XP which will receive no security updates at all after XP ends support and is being exploited by attackers right now.

Yuhong Bao said,
It is still better than IE on XP which will receive no security updates at all after XP ends support and is being exploited by attackers right now.

there is no IE 0day right now in the wild.

and IE6/7/8 still get security updates.
actually IE/xp will get security updates until 2017 for enterprises who are willing to pay for custom support.

link8506 said,

there is no IE 0day right now in the wild.

and IE6/7/8 still get security updates.
actually IE/xp will get security updates until 2017 for enterprises who are willing to pay for custom support.

THere's no 0 day, because the people finding them are sitting on them until April.

That's good of them; I don't much care for Google's products, but if I was still on an XP machine, I'd probably be utilizing their browser just the same. IE just isn't much of an option, unless you're dealing with sites that are dinosaurs coded around the damn thing.

Even if they ended support, you can still use it. The fact that they are supporting after the EOL date is probably a user grab to try to discourage people from upgrading to a newer version of Windows and promote their own thing. Obviously, that won't stop people since it's just a browser.

Chill, is just a browser. If the code runs fine in XP, I see no problem in "supporting" it. Most Win32 applications run just fine on Windows 2000 (the first one with proper Unicode support) or newer. What would you want, Chrome to artificially refuse to run just because the OS is outdated? Yeah, dream on.

Mortis said,

Most Win32 applications run just fine on Windows 2000 . . .


Anyone braindead enough to still be running Windows 2000 as their main OS, over three
years after its support was discontinued, deserves every single bit of malware they get.

DJGM said,

Anyone braindead enough to still be running Windows 2000 as their main OS, over three
years after its support was discontinued, deserves every single bit of malware they get.

But....but... businesses have only had 13 years to plan their upgrade past Windows 2000! It's not fair on them! They don't need to upgrade! It's just a cashgrab from Microsoft!

/s

How are they encouraging people to stick with XP? I read the presser, and it's more about still supporting the, "good chunk of Chrome users still on XP," as they transition to a new version of Windows. I know, I know. We see Google so we start to panic and read stuff that isn't there.

XP users will be around by 2015 and after MS ends support. What is so wrong about providing an up to date browser for a little while longer? Regardless if it is a user grab, the people/companies who will be using XP in 2015 will appreciate having and update web browser on their system.

techbeck said,
XP users will be around by 2015 and after MS ends support. What is so wrong about providing an up to date browser for a little while longer? Regardless if it is a user grab, the people/companies who will be using XP in 2015 will appreciate having and update web browser on their system.

Exactly, it amuses me how this bothers so many people on Neowin who this news will never even effect...

Your average home user still on XP probably has no idea Windows XP support will end next year, is it really such a bad thing some people would still have an up to date web browser for another year?

techbeck said,
XP users will be around by 2015 and after MS ends support. What is so wrong about providing an up to date browser for a little while longer? Regardless if it is a user grab, the people/companies who will be using XP in 2015 will appreciate having and update web browser on their system.

I know I appreciated it... I had a box running XP 64-bit up until recently (upgraded it to Linux), and Chrome ran some much better and faster than IE on it... not to mention that the latest IE on XP is a few versions old at this point.

InsaneNutter said,

Exactly, it amuses me how this bothers so many people on Neowin who this news will never even effect..

Normally the people who are anti anything Google or those with no clue. More annoying than amusing if you ask me.

InsaneNutter said,

Exactly, it amuses me how this bothers so many people on Neowin who this news will never even effect...

Your average home user still on XP probably has no idea Windows XP support will end next year, is it really such a bad thing some people would still have an up to date web browser for another year?


If they don't have a clue that WinXP support ends next year, but they do want to be completely updated when it comes to browser? Err...

techbeck said,
XP users will be around by 2015 and after MS ends support. What is so wrong about providing an up to date browser for a little while longer? Regardless if it is a user grab, the people/companies who will be using XP in 2015 will appreciate having and update web browser on their system.

There is nothing wrong with it, but lets call it what it is. An attempt to lure users in to convert to their browser and their services. There is nothing wrong with it, but lets not paint it as a Nobel Peace Prize worthy gesture.

InsaneNutter said,
Exactly, it amuses me how this bothers so many people on Neowin who this news will never even effect...
It's not an evil move, they see an opportunity and are going for it. Good for them, bad for those who left the door open (MS) or didn't go for it first (Firefox, Opera).

zeke009 said,

There is nothing wrong with it, but lets call it what it is. An attempt to lure users in to convert to their browser and their services. There is nothing wrong with it, but lets not paint it as a Nobel Peace Prize worthy gesture.

Never said it was nobel peace prize worthy or even prize worthy. And i never disputed it wasnt an attempt to get users. I just said its not a big deal and there is nothing wrong with it. The web browser today is more of an important feature than it was years ago. Those people who cannot afford upgrades or those who cannot upgrade yet for some reason would benefit greatly from an updated browser for a little longer.

InsaneNutter said,

Exactly, it amuses me how this bothers so many people on Neowin who this news will never even effect...

Your average home user still on XP probably has no idea Windows XP support will end next year, is it really such a bad thing some people would still have an up to date web browser for another year?

You haven't learned yet that most people on here seem to think that if your computer is even close to a year old, it's trash?

Heck,
I have 9 computers floating around here and the newest one is from 2007!! All but 2 are running Windows 7 though and the other 2 are Debain Wheezy.

I work on quite a few XP machines that still run quite well for the people that use them and many of them have Chrome on them.

Shadowzz said,

If they don't have a clue that WinXP support ends next year, but they do want to be completely updated when it comes to browser? Err...

No read what i said... I mentioned the average person would have no idea XP support had ended, however if that person was using Google Chrome at least the browser would be secure and updated for another year. It's quite possible a large chunk of uneducated users could be on Google Chrome due to the browser ballot screen in the Eu.

Cause Chrome is going to protect the OS itself?
Keep in mind Chrome's security mainly relies on the security of Windows. Not of its own browser.

So updating chrome or not is not going to help them one single bit.