Google has announced that it will end Chrome support on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 early next year. Chrome 110, scheduled to be released on February 7th, will not work on either operating system. Although you will still be able to use older versions of Chrome on Windows 7 and 8.1, you will not be able to install newer builds, which include new security updates and features.
Upon revealing the news, Google recommended upgrading to Windows 10 or Windows 11 in order to continue receiving Chrome updates. For individuals whose computers do not support the latest versions of Microsoft’s operating system, businesses still operating on Windows 7 or 8.1, and those who are unable to afford to upgrade, this might be a challenge.
In spite of this, Google had to end support at some point. The company pointed out that its date corresponds to the end of extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on January 10th.
In fact, Google continues to support Chrome on Windows 7 longer than planned, even though it originally planned to terminate Chrome updates for the OS in 2021.
Microsoft noted in its announcement about the end of Windows 7 and 8.1: “Keep in mind that using unsupported software may increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or have an impact on its ability to meet compliance obligations.”
Moreover, if you are still using Windows 7, please recall that it was released in October 2009 and officially discontinued in early 2020. While Windows 8 launched in 2012 and its successor, 8.1, will cease receiving support in January 2023, Windows 10 will simply be doing the same thing, having been released in 2015 and with plans to be retired by 2025.