Google Chrome 50 ends support for older Windows and Mac OS X versions

Google Chrome 50 ends support for older Windows and Mac OS X versions

Tech giant Google has said that the recently rolled out version 50 of its Chrome browser does not support some of the legacy operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

The discontinuation of support for the mentioned operating systems in the Google Chrome 50 version comes months after a November 2015 announcement by Google that it has plans underway to end support for the older versions of Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

About the reason behind discounting support to legacy operating systems in Chrome 50, Google said that "these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple." Google also added that though Chrome will continue to run on these platforms, the company will no longer roll out updates and security patches for them.

By far, the most significant support loss with Google Chrome 50 is the Windows XP operating system, especially since Google had been supporting the aging Windows OS -- which still has a massive user base -- for two years after Microsoft ended its support for the OS in 2013.

Meanwhile, in its recent announcement of the launch of Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, Google said: "The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 50 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux."