Google has confirmed that it will end Chrome support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in early 2023 as it streamlines its focus on Windows 10 and above.
In a message to the company support page (opens in new tab) Titled “Sunsetting Support for Windows 7/8.1 Early 2023,” a Chrome Support Manager explains that the introduction of Google Chrome 110 will mean the end of support for older versions of the Windows operating system.
Version 110 of the browser that currently makes up about two-thirds of the desktop market – according to stat counter (opens in new tab) – is currently expected to launch on February 7, 2023, subject to change, giving many users just over three months to upgrade their OS.
Chrome for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
Extended support for Windows 7 was discontinued in January 2020 when the company moved to the three-year Extended Security Update (ESU) period, which is expected to expire in January 2023, in line with Google’s plan to end support for the operating system. .
Windows 8.1 will reach the end of its support period in January 2023 and will not see the launch of an ESU program, marking the end of its life.
The effects of this seemingly disdainful news could be costly as consumers have to pay to upgrade their Windows operating system while continuing to battle the cost of living. According to stat counter (opens in new tab)In September 2022, 13.31% of all Windows users were still running version 7 or 8.1, compared to 13.61% who were using the latest Windows 11.
Crucially, historical versions of Google Chrome will remain in use for users who continue to use these soon-to-be-deprecated operating systems, although “no more updates will be released,” which could put users at risk.