Google confirms that from February 8th some of the chrome users won’t be able to use Gmail on Google Chrome. Gmail will stop working on Chrome Browser version 53 and below, starting February 8, 2017.
Chrome Browser version 53 and below are vulnerable to security risks because Microsoft has discontinued their operating system support for Windows XP and Vista.Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected. These systems are no longer maintained by Microsoft.
If you continue to use Chrome Browser v53 or lower on the older operating systems, your Gmail could be vulnerable to attacks and you won’t be able to get any security patches or bug fixes. You will be able to continue using the affected browsers through 2017 but will be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail.
Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems users are advised to upgrade to a newer secured operating system. Using other browsers you can access your Gmail account, could be possible, but there is no surety on the safety. All the other users who are using Chrome version 53 or bellow should update the chrome soon. You can update the Chrome from Chrome download site.
What happens if users continue to use Chrome Browser v53 and below?
- If you continue to use older versions of Chrome Browser now that support has ended, Gmail will be more vulnerable to security risks and users will not have access to new features and bugfixes.
- Gmail will continue to function on Chrome Browser v53 and below through the end of the year. Users who remain on Chrome v53 and below could be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail as early as Dec 2017.
- If you manage Chrome Browser for your users, we strongly encourage you to update users to the latest version of Chrome. Depending on what operating system your users are on, you may need to migrate them to a supported system to get the latest version and features.