Previous versions of Google’s web browser may still be available on some operating systems.
Google had intended to stop Chrome support for Windows 7 in 2021, but the company ended up drastically extending the deadline. Google is presently putting the finishing touches on a final version of its popular web browser for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Following this last upgrade, future versions will no longer support Microsoft’s earlier operating systems.
Chrome 110, which is slated to be released in February 2023, will be the final version of the browser to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, according to Android Police. According to Google’s support page, this is the most recent version of these operating systems.
Microsoft will cease support for Windows 7 in 2020, while support for Windows 8.1 will be phased down in January of next year.
While it is undeniably time to retire Windows 7, it is worth noting that millions of people continue to use the operating system, so losing Chrome support may be a bigger worry than it looks.
While Microsoft worked to migrate all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to Windows 10, many remained on older versions. Windows 11 is currently out, yet according to Net Market Share, Windows 7 has nearly as many users as Windows 11.
Google will, however, continue to support Chrome on Windows 7 for a longer length of time than expected. It initially announced that it will stop offering Chrome OS upgrades in 2021, then this year.