Google is lastly dropping Chrome help for Home windows 7 and Home windows 8.1 round February 2023.
Google will drop help for the 2 legacy Home windows variations within the Chrome 110 steady launch, which is pencilled in for February 7. That model of Chrome makes Home windows 10 the brand new minimal requirement for Chrome for Home windows.
The date is in line with Google’s dedication, following 2020’s pandemic lockdowns, to help Home windows 7 as long as Microsoft was supporting that model below its Prolonged Safety Replace (ESU) program.
Each Home windows 7 ESU and the Home windows 8.1 prolonged help attain finish of help on January 10, 2023. Microsoft can also be ending help for Microsoft 365 apps on these variations of Home windows on that date.
A Chrome help supervisor has simply printed a reminder to Chrome customers of the timing of the Chrome 110 steady launch.
Not many programs are nonetheless operating on Home windows 7. Microsoft stopped offering free patches for Home windows 7 in January 2020. In keeping with Steam, solely 2.4% of Home windows PCs connecting to the gaming platform have been operating Home windows 7 in September.
Microsoft is supporting Edge on Home windows 7 and on Home windows Server 2008 R2 till January 15, 2023.
“Older variations of Chrome will proceed to work, however there shall be no additional updates launched for customers on these working programs,” the Chrome help supervisor famous.
“If you’re presently on Home windows 7 or Home windows 8.1, we encourage you to maneuver to a supported Home windows model earlier than that date to make sure you proceed to obtain the newest safety updates and Chrome options.” These supported choices embrace Home windows 10 and Home windows 11.
Ending Chrome help for Home windows 7 has been a protracted course of due to the pandemic’s affect on main tasks. Whereas some, like digital transformations, accelerated, others have been placed on the backburner.
Google in November 2021 prolonged Chrome help for Home windows 7 by six months to help organizations whose Home windows 10 migrations have been stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two months earlier than lockdowns began around the globe, Google had focused July 2021 for the top of Home windows 7 help in Chrome.