Sunday, July 08, 2012

I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means, Google


"[T]he most Mac users possible," that is, as in:

Google Chrome on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) will stop receiving any updates following Chrome 21. This includes new features, security fixes and stability updates. If you're not sure what OS version you're on, go to the Apple icon on the top left corner and click About This Mac to find out. If you already have Chrome installed, you can still use Chrome, but it will no longer be auto-updated. In addition, you'll be unable to install Chrome on any Mac still running 10.5 (which is an OS X version also no longer being updated by Apple). While we understand this is an inconvenience, we are making this change to ensure we can continue to deliver a safe, secure, and stable Chrome for the most Mac users possible.

I can see dropping support for Mac OS 10.5 because you want to add new bells and whistles that MacOS 10.5 can't handle. As a Leopard user I may not like that, but I can understand it and it's honest.

But "for the most Mac users possible" does not compute. Dropping support and updates for a major MacOS release that a lot of people still use by definition means that  fewer, not more, Mac users will be getting safety/security/stability updates for their Chrome installations.

No need to blow smoke up my ass, Google.

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