Despite the fact that Microsoft just released Windows 11 (opens in new tab), Google has revealed that it will extend support for Windows 7 in Chrome (opens in new tab) for an additional year.
While most consumers have now moved on to Windows 10 (opens in new tab), some enterprise businesses are still running Windows 7 due to the fact that they have large fleets of devices to update and may still be running legacy applications.
Although Google initially announced that its browser (opens in new tab) would support Windows 7 for another 18 months until July 15, 2021, the search giant has now extended its support date for the aging operating system until January 15, 2022 though this deadline could still be extended further down the road.
According to a blog post (opens in new tab) from January of last year, Chrome will only receive security and stability updates on Windows 7 going forward as “running an OS outside of official support can leave organizations vulnerable to potential security threats”. Chrome's built-in security features such as Safe Browsing (opens in new tab), Site Isolation and advanced password and phishing protection should be more than enough to keep enterprise businesses running Windows 7 safe online as they migrate to a later version of Windows.
Windows 7 End of Life
Microsoft officially ended support (opens in new tab) for the Home edition of Windows 7 in January of last year but businesses and enterprise customers were able to get additional security updates for their devices by enrolling in the company's Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (opens in new tab) (ESU) program.
In a blog post (opens in new tab) last month though, the software giant announced that it won't be extending support for Windows 7 beyond January of 2023. The same goes for Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) which will also be supported on Windows 7 until January 15, 2023. However, Internet Explorer 11 (opens in new tab) will see its support from Microsoft end next summer across all versions of Windows.
Businesses that have enrolled in the ESU program will also be able to use Chrome on Windows 7 as both Microsoft and Google have said that they will end support for the operating system, which was first released all the way back in 2009, on January 15, 2023.
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