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Windows XP users: a little good news along with big risks

Windows XP users: a little good news along with big risks
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I've got some good news for those of you who are still clinging to the outdated Windows XP operating system, kind of. Google has announced that it will continue to provide Chrome browser security updates to XP users for longer than previously thought. But, that doesn't mean you're completely safe from potential threats.

Google originally said it was going to stop supporting Chrome on XP by this month. That means any users still using the browser on the Windows XP operating system would no longer have access to patches and security updates from Google. But, the company has extended the deadline because about 17% of all Internet users still use the outdated XP platform.

For that reason, Google has decided to loosen its earlier deadline. "It's April 2015 now, and we're extending that commitment," Chrome engineering boss Mark Larson said in a blog post. "We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015."

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