Today, Google has announced that it will phase out support for Chrome on OS X version 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, in April 2016.
The announcement was made on the official Chrome blog, where the search giant revealed that Map users will need to be running OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later to continue receiving updates for Chrome. According to Director of Engineering Marc Pawliger, the browser will still continue to work on legacy systems, however no regular updates or security patches will be provided.
While Tuesday’s announcement was the first indication of axing Chrome support for legacy OS X users, Google hinted back in April that they were only committed to supporting Windows XP up until the end of the year. This was meant to encourage users to upgrade to the latest version of their respective operating system.
The OS X version of Chrome has historically been cited by many Mac users to be a lot slower than its Windows counterpart. However, thanks to the release of Chrome 46 last month, OS X users have started seeing an increase in performance because of a reduction in overall memory consumption.
[via Venture Beat]