Firefox to finally end support for Windows 7 and 8, so you should do well to update now. This is your final warning from Firefox if it is that you are still on Windows 7 or 8.
Firefox Support Windows 7 and 8
Mozilla has just announced the details of its latest Firefox release, which is version 115.0, and alongside a couple of new features as well as under-the-hood tweaks, the developers have also issued a stark warning to users of Windows 7 and 8.
Mozilla in reference to Microsoft dropping support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in January 2023 confirmed that Firefox 115 in question would be the final browser version to support the deprecated operating systems.
And at the same time, Mac users were also faced with a similar warning about macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14, otherwise dubbed Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave.
What Will Happen To Users Still Running the Previous Versions of the Popular Browser
Users that are instead running the previous versions of the popular browser will be reportedly migrated over to the Extended Support Release (ESR) version, which will very much still provide security updates.
The Windows 7 market share fortunately has dropped substantially since the start of the year, when it was hovering around 10%. And right now, it accounts for around 3% of Windows instances, as per Statcounter.
The Operating System Market Space
The famously unpopular Windows 8 on the other hand represents just 1% of all Windows downloads, so together, just fewer than one in 20 Windows users will be affected by this change. Firefox moreover, accounts for about 6% of all desktop browser sessions.
In order to use Firefox 116 to its fullest, users will now need to make use of Windows 10 or 11, or macOS Catalina or newer models and versions.
Google already has issued the same warning to Chrome users, when in October 2022, it made the announcement that Chrome 110 (which reportedly launched in February 2023) would reportedly drop support for the legacy OSs.
And moving forward with this, Firefox 115 which launched on July 4 has now added improvements to migrating payment methods from other browsers that are Chrome-based to Firefox, tweaked the Tab Manager, and even made changes to video decoding.
Firefox’s Full Release
The full release notes as well as details of operating systems that are set to be dropped with Firefox 116 are all available on the Mozilla website. So you should do well to check it out.
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