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Google is ending support for Gmail on some versions of the Google Chrome browser
Some Gmail users could soon find themselves at a higher risk of security problems – left without access to the latest updates, patches and new features, Google has warned.
Google has confirmed that a number of Google Chrome versions will no longer support Gmail by the end of the year.
Google Chrome version 53 and earlier will drop for support Gmail in the coming months, it has been confirmed.
From February 8th 2017, Gmail users who use the online portal on these versions of Chrome will see a banner at the top of the page – cautioning them to upgrade their browser.
Google alerted users to the upcoming changes on its official blog.
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It posted, "Starting February 8, 2017, we will show a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome Browser v53 and below to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome, currently on version 55.
"Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected, because v49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems.
"Chrome Browser v55 contains several important security updates."
Gmail will function properly on these Chrome versions until the end of the year.
However, those who continue to use older versions of the Chrome browser after support has ended will leave Gmail more vulnerable to security risks.
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These Gmail users will also lose out on new features and bug fixes.
Google Chrome users who remain on Chrome v53 or earlier could be redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail as early as December 2017.
The news comes as Google pushed out a new version of the Chrome browser, with a slew of new features.
The new update boasts a dramatic speed increase – with page reloads now 28 per cent faster across all platforms.
According to Google, "When reloading a page, browsers will check with the web server if cached resources are still usable, a process known as validation.
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"This typically results in hundreds of network requests per page issued to dozens of domains.
"On mobile devices, the high latency and transient nature of mobile connections mean that this behaviour can produce serious performance issues."
Google Chrome 56 could solve some of these issues.
The latest web browser has simplified the reload behaviour to consume much less bandwidth – and therefore, less of your monthly mobile data allowance – less power, and latency.
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Facebook has reported that its page reloads on Chrome are now around 28 per cent faster with 60 per cent less validation, technology blog 9To5Google has reported.
Users should update their web browser to the latest version to ensure they are getting the benefits of the latest version of the Google Chrome browser.
Elsewhere, Google Chrome 56 will also label insecure HTTP webpages.