Google to discontinue Chrome support for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion & Mountain Lion in April 2016

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in macOS edited November 2015
Google on Tuesday announced that it will phase out support for its popular Chrome browser on OS X versions 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, come April 2016.




The announcement came via the official Chrome blog, where the search giant revealed that Mac users will need to be running OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later to receive continued updates for Chrome., According to Director of Engineering Marc Pawliger, Chrome will continue to function on legacy platforms, but will no longer receive regular updates and security patches as of April 2016.

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, encouraging people to upgrade to newer versions of Windows.

The OS X version of the browser, which has historically been cited by many Mac users as being slower than its counterparts on Windows and Chrome OS, was said to have received a performance boost with the release of Chrome 46, thanks to a reduction in overall memory consumption. Chrome 46 was released to users of all the major platforms last month.

As of September 2015, Chrome accounts for just over 65 percent of the overall browser market, with Apple's Safari at 3.6 percent.

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    None of these OS's are supported by Apple anymore. The only surprising one is Vista, as Microsoft is supporting it until 2017.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    As of September 2015, Chrome accounts for just over 65 percent of the overall browser market, with Apple's Safari at 3.6 percent.

    So about a third of the Mac install base uses Safari. Seems odd. I've had a few sites where Safari did not work as well as Chrome, but I generally use Safari first. Some sites use a lot of Javascript, which is where the incompatibilities usually start. Platforms such as jQuery are really good about testing for all different browsers but some lazy coders who use Chrome only test against their own preferred browser.

  • Reply 3 of 12
    mstone wrote: »
    So about a third of the Mac install base uses Safari. Seems odd. I've had a few sites where Safari did not work as well as Chrome, but I generally use Safari first. Some sites use a lot of Javascript, which is where the incompatibilities usually start. Platforms such as jQuery are really good about testing for all different browsers but some lazy coders who use Chrome only test against their own preferred browser.

    I prefer Safari now but devs go where the market is. At this point in time, it's Chrome
  • Reply 4 of 12
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    never had any desire for anything other than Safari.  I'm blissfully ignorant I guess.

  • Reply 5 of 12
    bigpicsbigpics Posts: 1,330member

    Mozilla gets absolutely no press anymore, but I'm still on Firefox which is still meeting my needs for a hetereogenous work flow across a number of Win, Mac, Android and iOS devices... ...and syncs fast and well between 'em, (history, bookmarks and more) and still has that wonderful extension/add-on ecosystem. 



    So Safari (which I've tried numerous times and still use a bit but have never warmed up to actually liking it) simply can't meet my needs. 



    Firefox has kept up with most of the improvements the others have (though still seems to depend on Flash, alas, which is where most of the few problems I have with it crop up), have some of their own, and while it's a memory hog, it still only spawns one process (plus one for Flash - which I frequently kill to keep things running smoothly).



    Chrome sets up any number of them and so you can never tell how much Ram it's eating in total.....  ...and spawns a new window for every link on Android (which aren't even identified as Chrome in the all open apps view), while FF just has one where the tab count, close tabs and other navigation controls are right at hand.



    Also, I liked Chrome in the beginning, but it now seems SO bloated....  ....and cutting off support for Mountain Lion and Vista seems premature.....



     

  • Reply 6 of 12
    bigpics wrote: »
    Mozilla gets absolutely no press anymore, but I'm still on Firefox which is still meeting my needs for a hetereogenous work flow across a number of Win, Mac, Android and iOS devices... ...and syncs fast and well between 'em, (history, bookmarks and more) and still has that wonderful extension/add-on ecosystem. 


    So Safari (which I've tried numerous times and still use a bit but have never warmed up to actually liking it) simply can't meet my needs. 


    Firefox has kept up with most of the improvements the others have (though still seems to depend on Flash, alas, which is where most of the few problems I have with it crop up), have some of their own, and while it's a memory hog, it still only spawns one process (plus one for Flash - which I frequently kill to keep things running smoothly).


    Chrome sets up any number of them and so you can never tell how much Ram it's eating in total.....  ...and spawns a new window for every link on Android (which aren't even identified as Chrome in the all open apps view), while FF just has one where the tab count, close tabs and other navigation controls are right at hand.


    Also, I liked Chrome in the beginning, but it now seems SO bloated....  ....and cutting off support for Mountain Lion and Vista seems premature.....


     

    You have to get it from their downloads page, but Firefox 42 is the first x64 native version for Windows, and I find it helps some. They're supposed to be moving to individual processes for each tab soon.

    To all:
    And if you're on a PowerPC Mac still, get TenFourFox.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    There goes home made chomebooks
  • Reply 8 of 12
    I deleted Chrome a long time ago. My preferred browser is Safari but there are many incompatibility issues. Firefox is my primary back up but admittedly a memory hog, so I use it when I must then close it down.

    I even have an older version of iCab which I actually liked, but it now costs to keep updated which I never did.

    On the iPhone, it is mainly Safari. Chrome chewed up the memory and hogged the devices bandwidth. Once I figured out why, the whole lot of Google software was removed from everything I owned.

    The loss of Chrome support means very little to me.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,770member

    I use Chrome and Safari. Safari is my preferred browser when I'm not at work. I only use Chrome to access Hulu on my macbook at home. At work I use Chrome for development related tasks and the like. Safari just doesn't cut it yet. 

  • Reply 10 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post



    None of these OS's are supported by Apple anymore. The only surprising one is Vista, as Microsoft is supporting it until 2017.



    OTOH, Mountain Lion was introduced in July 2013 (superseded in Oct 2013 by Mavericks), while Vista was introduced in Jan 2007 (superseded in Oct 2009 by Win7).

    The Windows and OSX worlds don't get equal treatment here, not by a long shot.

  • Reply 11 of 12
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,713member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by VanFruniken View Post

     

    OTOH, Mountain Lion was introduced in July 2013 (superseded in Oct 2013 by Mavericks), while Vista was introduced in Jan 2007 (superseded in Oct 2009 by Win7).


     

    Mountain Lion was released July 2012, but your point stands.

  • Reply 12 of 12
    croprcropr Posts: 723member

    As website builder my preferred browser is Firefox because the Firebug debugger is superior to the Safari and Chrome developer tools and because it is really cross platform.  But of course we live in the land of free choice, so YMMV.

     

    Some of the newer developments on Web technology are not yet or poorly supported on Safari.  Because one has no choice on iOS in term of rendering engine, the reluctancy by Apple to implemented these new web technologies is a bit deplorable

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