Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Dec 2015 00:37 UTC, submitted by Anonymous

To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016. Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium. If you are using Precise, we'd recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty.

The first signs of the end of 32bit are on the wall - starting with Linux. I wonder how long Google will continue to support 32bit Chrome on Windows. For some strange reason, Microsoft is still selling 32bit Windows 10.

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by Drumhellar on Tue 1st Dec 2015 01:16 UTC
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For some strange reason, Microsoft is still selling 32bit Windows 10.

For some reason? Come on. Microsoft goes to great lengths to ensure backwards compatibility.

In this case, I'm sure it's because they have enough customers that still use 16-bit DOS or Windows applications. Intel was still selling 32-bit chips merely 3 years ago, too (Small ones, but, still...)

Systems with 4GB of RAM also benefit from being 32-bit, too. And, as Windows performance has increased, and system resources decreased relative to Windows 7, it means 32-bit systems that ran Windows 7 would still benefit from an increase.

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