Google has announced that Gmail service will no longer be available on some Chrome browsers by the end of 2017.
Google has posted a blog informing that Gmail services will be terminated on Chrome browsers of 53 or lower version. Google will begin this process of stopping Gmail from working on these versions from February 8 itself.
This means that Windows XP and Windows Vista users need to start worrying now since Gmail feature will no longer be available on Chrome browser for them.
Why is this action being taken?
According to Google, 53 and lower versions of Chrome browsers are open to security risks, mainly because Microsoft has stopped its OS support for Windows XP and Vista. Moreover, no bug fixes or patches will be made available to these users.
Gmail can be accessed on these versions till the end of the year but in the basic HTML version only. Here is an excerpt from its blog.
“Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected because v49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems.”
Gmail users who are still working on Chrome browsers v53 or below will have a message or banner flashed on their screens. However, they also said that they do not typically announce discontinuation of their support for older versions of Chrome because of their current supported browser policy.
“Google does not typically announce when we discontinue support for older versions of Chrome browser because of our current supported browser policy, which states that only the most recent versions of Chrome are supported. This announcement was made given the expected impact on Windows XP and Windows Vista users and known security risks.”
It is important that users adapt more secured and supported systems. Upgrade to a new OS if you are still using Windows XP or Vista OS. Other browsers can also be used to access Gmail but they will still be vulnerable to attacks.