Google Chrome 110 Will Drop Support for Windows 7 and 8.1

Google has announced that Chrome 110, that is projected to go live early the coming year, will drop support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with the focus to therefore be switched to Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Google Chrome is currently mostly of the browsers still supporting Windows 7 after the operating system was discontinued by Microsoft in January 2020.

Windows 7 happens to be being serviced only as part of the ESU program, which is readily available for Microsoft customers with a yearly fee.

Google says it has specifically aligned no more support for Google Chrome on Windows 7 with Microsoft’s scheduled end of support for the ESU program aimed at Windows 7.

“With the release of Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for February 7th, 2023), we’ll officially end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You’ll need to ensure your system is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases. This matches Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 extended support on January 10th, 2023,” Google explains within an announcement now.

Users recommended to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11

Obviously, once Chrome 110 gets the go-ahead, the browser will continue to operate on Windows 7 but without receiving any further updates.

Which means that any security flaws discovered within the browser would remain unfixed, therefore exposing users to potential attacks.

“Older versions of Chrome will work, but there won’t be any further updates released for users on these os’s. If you’re currently on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we encourage you to move to a supported Windows version before that date to ensure you continue to receive the latest security updates and Chrome features,” Google explains.

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