Google plans to axe Chrome's support for Windows 7 and 8.1 next year
Chrome 110 will end the browser's support for Legacy Windows OS'
Published: 26th October 2022 | Source: Android Police |
Chrome users will be forced to move on from Windows 7 next year
With Chrome version 110, Google will be ending their browser's support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, finally forcing their users to abandon the OS.
Chrome version 110 is expected for its stable release on February 7th 2023, and from that point onwards, Chrome users will need to be using Windows 10 or Windows 11 to access new builds of the browser. However, nothing is stopping users of older versions of Windows from installing older versions of the browser.
With Google dropping Windows 7/8.1 support from Chrome, users of these OS' will no longer have access to new Chrome features, stability enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates. Simply put, using Chrome in Windows 7 and 8.1 will become increasingly unsafe as time moves on. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 back in 2020, a factor that already leaves the OS prone to exploitation. Chrome losing support for the OS will only compound these concerns. Simply put, anyone who is still using Windows 7 or 8.1 should move onto something newer.
Keeping your OS and software updated is a vital part of PC security, and that fact alone makes Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 unsafe to use today. Both OS' are no longer supported by Microsoft, which means that they will not be updated with new security fixes when new hacks or exploits are discovered. Users of these legacy OS' should move to something newer. If you don't like Windows 10 or 11, perhaps Linux is an option for you.
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