Not included in the title above is Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, which shall also be affected by this support withdrawal announced by Google on Tuesday. This announcement came through Chrome’s official blog, where Google made it clear that users of Mac would be obliged to start running OS X 10.9 Mavericks and the upper updates to continue getting Chrome updates.
Marc Pawliger, director of engineering, said that Chrome will go on functioning on legacy platforms but will no longer be receiving security patches and regular updates from April 2016 henceforth.
Though this is the first announcement from Google of ousting Chrome support for users of OS X, the search heavyweight had earlier on hinted that it would be supporting Windows XP till the end of this year and thus was meant to be an indication that people were expected to upgrade to newer versions.
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Mac users have complained of the OS X browser version as being slow on Chrome OS and Windows. A performance boost that came with Chrome 46 saw reduced overall consumption of memory in OS X. Chrome 46 was distributed to all major platform users last month.
Surveys reported that 65% of the general browser market was accounted for by Chrome in September 2015 while Safari from Apple clinched at 3.6%. Google’s official website has more details on the update procedure.
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