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Gmail is ditching support for Chrome on Windows XP and Vista this year

By Koh Wanzi - on 6 Feb 2017, 12:11pm

Gmail is ditching support for Chrome on Windows XP and Vista this year

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Gmail users on Windows XP or Vista won’t have much reason to be happy this year. Google has announced that Gmail will revert to basic HTML for Microsoft’s older operating systems by December 2017, which means less robust security, among other limitations.

In addition, Chrome users on version 53 and below will be prompted to update to version 55 in a banner on top of Gmail’s interface on 8 February. Chrome 55 comes with several major security updates, which is why Google is looking to push more people over to the new and more secure version.

Unfortunately, Windows XP and Vista users will see the banner, but won’t actually be able to update Chrome. The last version of Chrome for these two browsers was version 49, and Google stopped releasing updates after Microsoft stopped supporting the older platforms.

The newer version of Chrome is required to continue to access a fully-featured Gmail, but because Windows XP and Vista users won’t be able to update, they’ll revert to the basic HTML version in December.

This gives individuals and companies just under a year to get up to speed or risk being more vulnerable to security threats. Businesses may be leery because of all the associated costs, but there’s really no reason not to given the damages that could arise if something was compromised.

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