You Won't be Able to Use Gmail From Today if You Use Older Versions of Chrome
Google suggested administrators managing Chrome to update them at the earliest.
Google suggested administrators managing Chrome to update them at the earliest. (Image: Screen grab)
Google has quietly announced that older versions of its Chrome browser will not be supported by Gmail anymore, which puts yet another nail in the coffins of Windows Vista and Windows XP.
A blog note by Google read: Starting February 8, 2017, we will show a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome Browser v53 and below to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome, currently on version 55. Chrome Browser v55 contains several important security updates.
It added: 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. As previously announced in April 2015 and November 2015, these systems are no longer maintained by Microsoft, and we strongly encourage you to migrate to more secure and supported systems.
What will happen if you keep using Chrome browser v53 and below?
Google has also warned users using Chrome browsers using older versions such as v53 and below of increased vulnerability and security risks along with limited access to Gmail features. The company also said that users who remain on Chrome v53 and below could be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail as early as December 2017.
The search engine giant suggested administrators managing Chrome on behalf of their users upgrade them at the earliest.
It is pertinent to note that Windows XP still makes up about 5 per cent of the desktop browser market share across the world, according to data from December 2016.
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