Google Chrome announces end of support for Windows 7 and 8.1 in 2023
Google has just announced that Chrome will no longer support computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in 2023. Users will be able to continue using it, but this will obviously pose security issues.
All computers still running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will soon no longer be able to use Chrome safely. One of the most popular web browsers will no longer support them as of February 2023. Users will be able to continue using it, but they will no longer benefit from future updates. This is obviously not ideal for safe web surfing.
Released in 2009, Windows 7 has been “dead” since January 14, 2020, when Microsoft officially ended its support. As for Windows 8.1 released in 2013, its end of life is scheduled for January 10, 2023. Microsoft software updates and technical support will no longer support Windows 8.1 after this date.
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Chrome 110 will officially end support for Windows 7 and 8.1
Google announced that: With the release of Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2023), we will officially end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You’ll need to make sure your device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future versions of Chrome “.
Windows 7 is already outdated and Windows 8.1 will be soon. We can therefore think that the end of support by Google Chrome poses no problem. In reality, many users will be impacted in February 2023. Indeed, according to figures from Statcounter GlobalStats in September 2022, Windows 7 still runs on 10.68% of computers windows in the world. As for Windows 8.1, it is running on 2.7% of Windows PCs worldwide.
That’s tens of millions of computers that will soon be unable to safely use Google Chrome. Users will have to upgrade to Windows 10/11 or buy a new compatible computer. At present, Windows 10 is still the most popular version with 71.87% of Windows computers who use it. The new Windows 11 which has recently been loaded with features is still struggling to gain popularity. It is only installed on 13.56% of Windows PCs.
Source : The Verge