Google recently announced that its Chrome browser will no longer support Windows
7 and Windows 8.1 from February 2023, and urged Chrome users to ensure that the operating system is at least Windows 10.
Chrome’s support manager stated
in the announcement: “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 device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases. This matches Microsoft’s end of support forWindows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 extended support on January 10th, 2023.
Older versions of Chrome will continue to work, but there will be no further updates released for users on these operating systems.”
Google’s end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is also in line with Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle policy. Microsoft also stated in the extended security update program that supports the above two operating systems will end on January 10, 2023.
According to Statcounter GlobalStats, Windows 7 still accounts for about 10% of the world’s total Windows systems, while Windows 8.1 is less than 3%. The Chrome browser has a market share of more than 65%, Safari is around 18%, and Microsoft’s Edge, which also uses Chromium, is 4.3%. The number of Chrome users on Windows 7 may be smaller, but it is estimated that there are many.