Support for older PC and Mac operating systems has been dropped from the latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser.
Google Chrome 50 – rolled out this week – no longer supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. The company warned back in November 2015 that it would be making this move.
Google has confirmed that Chrome will still work on the unsupported platforms, but without updates and security fixes, the risks are clear.
The latest version of the browser contains the usual bug and security fixes, but also features an update to improve the reliability of push notifications and speed up page load.
Version 50 of Chrome switches to a new model called push notifications payloads as part of the Push API. Notification data is now sent at the same time as the message. As a result, a bad Internet connection or multiple messages being sent will not disrupt notification delivery.
Sites will be able to detect when a user closes a notification and as such be able to close notifications sent to other devices. Notifications in Chrome 50 will be more customisable, with web developers being able to set custom time stamps and button icons. Sites can also ask users whether a notification should play a sound, vibrate, or remain silent.
Chrome also now supports the ability for sites to the tell the browser ahead of time what resources should be downloaded.
Chrome 50 for desktop is rolling out now, with updates for Chrome on Android and Chrome OS following shortly.
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