Despite Windows 10 being available for around 18 months, many PC users still avoid upgrading to the latest OS for a variety of reasons, despite the company’s best efforts to persuade them otherwise. However, it seems that Microsoft is receiving from other developers like Google, which has decided to end its Gmail support for Chrome on XP and Vista computers.
Google made this decision only after Microsoft announced that it will stop supporting Vista and XP back in 2015. Those two Windows platforms only support version 49 of the Chrome browser, with Google emphasizing the need for their users to upgrade to the latest version.
Users who run Chrome on XP or Vista will not be able to load or open the new Gmail interface. The latest Chrome update is version 55 and comes not only with important security updates but with a new interface as well.
Microsoft hopes that this announcement from Google will also persuade more users who are reticent in upgrading to the latest version of Windows, to do so. Currently, Windows 10 is installed on around 25 percent of all computers of Windows users, meaning that more than 400 million users are running the latest OS.
Chrome users on XP and Vista versions of Windows will still be able to access their Gmail messages. However, the service can only be accessed through a simple HTML interface which may not support some of the features of the service.
Google has announced on its G suite blog that starting with February 8, the Chrome browser will display a notification to users who are still running the v53 of Chrome, thus encouraging them to upgrade v55, as a way to avoid unnecessary security risks, and other issues like bugs and access new features.
It’s worth noting that Gmail will continue to work on Chrome v53 and below until the end of the year. Any users who still haven’t upgraded at that point will be redirected to the basic HTML version of the Gmail service as early as December 2017.
What Windows OS are you still using? Do you know anyone still using XP and Vista? If so, why do they hesitate to upgrade to Windows 10?
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