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Google Chrome abandons Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

January 6, 2023

 
 
Google Chrome abandons Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
 
Early next year, Google will drop support for its popular Chrome web browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Both versions of Windows are obsolete and will no longer be supported by Microsoft from January, but if there are very few Windows 8 users, Windows 7 according to StatCounter is still installed on 10% of PCs equipped with Windows (my old desktop is on the list ). By next summer, therefore, it will be necessary to change browsers, and Firefox for now remains the only alternative, or switch to Windows 10/11.
Google on the Chrome Support site explains in detail what will happen:
“With the release of Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2023), we will officially discontinue 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. This corresponds to Microsoft's end of support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 extended on January 10, 2023."
“Previous versions of Chrome will continue to work, but no further updates will be released to users on these operating systems. If you're currently using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we encourage you to upgrade to a supported Windows version before that date to ensure you continue to receive the latest security updates and Chrome features."
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