Google has promised to issue Chrome web browser security patches for Windows XP until at least 2015, a full year after Microsoft officially ends support for the operating system.
Google director of engineering for Chrome Mark Larson announced the news in a blog post. "Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, we're extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015," he said.
Microsoft will officially end support for its decade-old Windows XP operating system on 8 April 2014. Despite this, many businesses are not preparing to update their systems to newer Windows versions.
In April research from application migration specialist Camwood revealed that two out of five UK IT decision makers are yet to begin migrating to a more modern platform. Larson cited the number of people still using Windows XP as a key reason for Google's decision to continue support for the OS.
"We recognise that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organisations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating," he said.
"Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks."
Google's announcement follows widespread reports the cyber threat facing businesses is growing. Earlier this month Symantec researchers reported finding a bogus Facebook page duping victims into downloading data-stealing malware