Mozilla has confirmed it has no intention of cutting off its support for Firefox on the ageing Windows XP operating system despite the looming cut-off deadline for the platform itself.
Microsoft will end all support for Windows XP in April 2014 and has urged users to move off the platform before this date due to security risks. It claimed on Tuesday that users of XP are six times more at risk than Windows 8 users.
However, as V3 readers have shown, there is a lot of love for XP in the market and many don’t see an urgent need to migrate away from it, especially as firms like Mozilla have pledged application support on the platform for the foreseeable future.
In a statement, Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox said: "We have no plans to discontinue support for our XP users."
No doubt Mozilla is well aware that millions of users are still on XP and have no intention of moving after the deadline date and so will require ongoing support, even if Microsoft is not offering this.
The announcement follows on from a similar declaration by Google to continue support for its Chrome browser on Windows XP for at least a year past the cut off date. The announcement may well have caused frustration behind closed doors at Microsoft that efforts to move people away from XP are being hampered by its rivals.
So far XP has proved the operating system that refuses to die despite the end of support in 2014. Research earlier this year found many firms have taken no action in preparation for this looming deadline, despite the potential risks it could pose.
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