Update on July 4: We asked Oracle for a comment and received this statement from Henrik Stahl, vice president for product Management at Java: "As you know, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP and recommend their users to upgrade to more recent versions in order to maintain a stable and secure environment.
Oracle makes the same recommendation to our users running Java on Windows, and also has a standing recommendation that users stay current with the most recent Java security baseline — currently available for the public for Java 7 and 8.
Oracle has tested and certified the Java SE Development Kit 6 (JDK™) and the Java SE Runtime Environment 6 (JRE™) on the platforms listed on the table below.
Java 8, however, is not supported on XP, and the associated JDK 8 developer software will not automatically install on the platform, though it can be manually installed.
"If you are on Windows XP, it's not clear that it's worth updating to Java 8 without also updating the OS," Stahl said, adding that Oracle cannot guarantee that Java products will continue to work on XP machines indefinitely.
Also refer to specific footnotes at the end of this table.
64-bit OS, 32-bit Browsers: Chrome (Web Start only, applets not supported), Internet Explorer 6 SP1 and later, Firefox 3.x and above, Mozilla 1.4.