Finally, it’s nearly the end for windows 7 and 8 as Microsoft edge has announced that it will soon be ending support for windows 7 and 8/8.1.
Finally, it’s Nearly the End for Windows 7 and 8
Windows 7 and 8/8.1 just received yet another devastating news as another vital app has announced that it will not be receiving any future updates for the operating system in future updates.
Microsoft has now announced that its edge browser will be ending support for windows 7 and windows 8/8.1 within the next couple of weeks thus coinciding with the scheduled end of regular security support of the company on January 10, 2023.
What Microsoft Has To Say About This News
“Microsoft Edge browser version 109 and WebView2 Runtime version 109 will be the last respective versions to support these operating systems,” the company stated in a blog post.
“We also encourage developers to end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1,” the company added. “We acknowledge that this may not be easy for some developers to do, however ending support for these operating systems will help keep end users safe from potential security threats and risks as both operating systems go out of support on January 10th, 2023.”
Google Chrome 110 Will Be the Last Version to Support the Older Software
The said move also follows up with the news that the most popular browser in the world is ending support for windows 7 and 8.1. Google Chrome announced back in October of this same year that it will be dropping the software in the early part of 2023 as it looks to move its focus to windows 10 and above.
Google Chrome 110 which is at the moment expected to launch on February 7, 2023, will be the last version to support the older software.
And following a lengthy warning period, the extended support of Microsoft for windows 7 was dropped in January 2020 as the company reportedly transitioned to its three-year extended security update (ESU) period. Also, windows 8.1 reach the end of its support period in January 2023, and it will not be seeing the launch of an ESU program thus marking the end of its time and life.
Microsoft’s Problems in Making Sure Users Switch to Its Latest Windows Builds
The issues however may not be solved simply as the latest figures claim that Microsoft is also having problems in making sure that users switch to its latest windows builds.
Data from Statcounter found out that windows 11 only accounts for 15.44% of all windows systems, but that more than 70% of users are still running windows 10, with windows 7 still maintaining a dedicated user base of slightly under 10% of devices despite the lack of support.