Monday, February 24, 2014

Google To Support Chrome On XP A Year After XP Support Deadline

Microsoft has already announced the end of support date for Windows XP as April 8th, 2014. This has put millions of XP users into despair and understandably so – XP is where Microsoft outdid itself.

In the wake of this, search engine mammoth Google have announced the extension of Chrome support for Windows XP users for more than a year after Microsoft officially ends its support. Needles to say, this is a perfect marketing strategy by Google to beat Microsoft’s IE in terms of market share.

According to a blog post, Google said it recognizes the fact that hundreds of millions of users still prefer Windows XP and that includes a major share of Chrome users. Hence, the company has decided to extend support services for Chrome until next year. Windows XP along with 7 still enjoys the most number of users among the different OS in the Windows line, with Windows 8 and 8.1 flailing behind. According to the technicians at the windows support, most of the major IT companies also prefer Windows XP over other versions, owing to its simple and user-friendly features. Microsoft ending support this year serves these firms a severe blow, especially regarding the security aspects. Microsoft has already warned their XP users to update to the latest versions i.e. Windows 8 or 8.1 to stay secured.

Now, Google has taken this as a perfect opportunity to expand their business by announcing the extension of Chrome. The blog post by Google emphasizes on the following statement ‘since most organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating.’ According to the Windows support, although many started to migrate into the latest versions, the majority of users are still apprehensive about updating their systems. This is because of the fact that Windows 8 and 8.1 remain the most fragile iteration of Windows, and users find it difficult to perform even the basic functions.

Microsoft responded to this latest announcement by Google as "Third parties may provide ongoing support for their applications, but it’s important 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."

It is to be seen after April 8th, 2014, what new strategies Microsoft will adopt to revive XP users who’ve kept from upgrading their systems’ OS.

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