Based on the updates released by the Google Inc., the users of the Windows XP and Vista will not be able to use the Gmail on their PCs with the Windows XP and Vista installed and they will be redirected to the HTML version of the Gmail. Google is supposed to have been working on improving the security issues on their latest Chrome browsers and the following decision has been taken in the view of the same. The above development leaves the users with no other option but to updates their OS (operating system) to the latest version to keep accessing the Gmail account on their PCs.
Based on the information available from the reliable sources, the Google has made an announcement that they will stop supporting the older chrome version by the end of this year and process of the same has already begun. The Chrome browsers below ver 53 will not be able to access the full version of Gmail and they will be redirected to the
HTML version of the google mail client. Google said that the following decision has been taken to avoid the security vulnerability existing in the older version of the chrome.
The sources in the Gadgets have said that Google on Wednesday announced that Gmail will stop supporting older Chrome versions by the end of this year. The company also confirmed that Gmail users who are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely get affected by this. The company further says that the latest version 55 of Chrome will come with several important security updates and it’s one way to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome. According to Google, Gmail users starting February 8, 2017, will see a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome browser version 53 or below. Considering Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista versions, Google strongly “encourages” users to migrate to more secure and supported systems.
The sources said that as of now the Gmail will continue to function on the chrome browser version 53 and below which will come to an end by the end of this year and later than the set date the chrome browser who still use the older version of the browser will be redirected to the HTML version of Gmail which might take place by the end of December 2017, said the sources.
Notably, users on Windows XP and Windows Vista will be affected by the change as Google points out that the version 49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems. Google citing security risks to users of older Chrome versions says that Gmail will be more vulnerable to security risks. “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,” the company said in an announcement post.