Starting today, Google Chrome has officially ended support for users of Windows XP and Windows Vista. From April 2016, Chrome will still be supported on this platforms, but they will no longer receive updates. Reasons for this, Microsoft have already stopped pushing updates to these platforms, so continued use of it exposes one to malware.
In a blog post, Marc Pawliger, Director of Engineering had this to say:
Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware.
Today, we’re announcing the end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.
If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.