It’s been quite some time since Microsoft cut the cord on Windows XP support, rendering it insecure and incredibly risky to run in a professional setting. This was quite a blow to both PC users and business professionals, but it’s about to get even worse for the antiquated operating system. Now, even Google is cutting support for their web browser, Google Chrome, for older operating systems from both Microsoft and Apple.
Just like how Microsoft ceased updating Windows XP with security patches and updates, Google will stop providing patches and security updates for their Chrome web browser if it’s used on older operating systems. This doesn’t mean that you won’t still be able to use Chrome on your outdated devices; rather, users won’t receive any new security updates that come from finding holes in the security of the operating systems. In other words, if you’re still using these operating systems, using Google Chrome will only add to your risk. This change will supposedly take place next year: April 2016, with no specific day in mind.
The following operating systems will be affected by Google ending support for their Chrome web browser:
Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Mac OS 10.7 (Lion)
Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Basically, if people want to stay secure while browsing the web with Google Chrome, they need to be using more modern operating systems, which often means updating their operating system and hardware solutions. Businesses that rely heavily on legacy applications might have trouble making the transition to more recent hardware and operating systems, simply because their legacy software may not be entirely compatible with the new technology.
This is one of the primary troubles that so many businesses have when it comes to updating their technology. Organizations grow complacent with their current technology solutions, and aren’t willing to upgrade if they don’t need to. In a sense, Google cutting the cord on their legacy Chrome support is one of the best things they could have done for the old Windows XP users who are still trying to “beat the dead horse,” so to speak. Being unable to use their favorite web browser might be just the push some organizations need to make the big shift.
In the meantime, you can use the next couple of months to plan an adjustment to more secure and modern technology. PACE Technical Services can help your business with this ambitious endeavor by providing consultation and hardware/software procurement services. For more information, give us a call at 905.763.7896.