Google has announced the end-of-support date for its Chrome browser in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. As of February 2023, Windows 7/8/8.1 will no longer be supported by Google Chrome. The browser will continue to work okay but no security updates will be released for those platforms after that date.
Chrome 109 is the last version of Chrome that will support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for release on February 7th, 2023) is the first version of Chrome that requires Windows 10 or later. You’ll need to ensure your device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases ~ source
Chrome is the by far the most widely used browser, currently dominating market share at around 65%, which makes it a prime target for cybercriminals. Chrome has suffered more than its fair share of critical vulnerabilities and keeping the browser up-to-date constitutes by far the best defense against cyber attacks. When those automatic updates dry up early next year, the risks of running an unsupported Chrome browser in an unsupported operating system will progressively increase as time goes on.
It’s unclear at this time if Google’s decision will affect other Chromium-based browsers, such as Brave, but experts are predicting a flow-on effect.
At this point in time Mozilla is undecided on when to end support for Firefox in Windows 7/8/8.1 with two options under consideration:
- End support in February 2023 – in line with Chrome
- Extend support until August 2023 – when the next Firefox ESR version is slated for release
I suspect the latter option might appeal to Mozilla as the extended period of support might sway quite a few Chrome users on Windows 7/8/8.1 platforms to switch over, at least for the time being. One thing is for sure, support for Firefox in Windows 7/8/8.1 will end sometime next year.
I realize some users get so enamored with a specific operating system that they are reluctant to move on but this is just the type of situation they will all eventually have to face, as more and more software developers end support for these outdated operating systems.
Time to move on people.