Google Chrome Is Finally Saying Goodbye to Windows 7
Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and a few other web browsers still support Windows 7. Nearly three years after official support ended for Windows 7, Chrome is preparing to say farewell, and other browsers are following suit.
Google confirmed a while ago that Chrome 109, due to be released in January 2023, will be the last version to support Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The next update after that, Chrome 110, will require Windows 10 or 11.
Google says there won’t be any more updates on those old Windows releases, even security patches. That should already sound familiar to anyone still on Windows 7 — Microsoft mostly stopped security updates for the operating system in 2020, but a handful of emergency patches have been pushed since then. Windows 8 is under extended support until July 11, 2023, while updates will end for Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.
The open-source version of Google Chrome, known as Chromium, serves as the base for many other web browsers. Without support from Google, most Chromium browsers are also calling it quits for old Windows releases, if they haven’t already.
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