Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates for Windows 7 next Tuesday: It has been warning users and businesses for about a year, but the operating system is still quite popular. As a result, Google does not plan to end Chrome browser support on Windows 7 anytime soon – only after July 2021.
"We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from the end of Microsoft's lifetime until at least July 15, 2021," writes Engineering Director Max Christoff. on the official Google blog.
This is not the first time Google has done something like this: Chrome for Windows XP has received updates until 2016, and system support ended in 2014.
Mozilla has not yet announced its plans, but it is expected that Firefox will continue to be updated on Windows 7. In fact, even the new Edge with Chromium will be supported on the old system. The browser also runs on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Server, and macOS; it will be available to everyone next Wednesday (15).
Microsoft will sell updates for Windows 7 by 2023
Remember that Microsoft will continue to make patches for Windows 7, but they won't be free: Extended Security Updates (ESU) will be sold to businesses between 2020 and 2023 costing up to $ 200 per PC per year. Some customers may get them for free within the first year.
It is still possible to upgrade for free to Windows 10: the tool that should have stopped working in 2016 lets you upgrade on PCs with legitimate system copies. However, there are those who are trying to pirate extended Windows 7 updates.
According to NetMarketShare, Windows 10 closed the year 2019 on 54.62% of computers connected to the Internet, compared to 26.64% on Windows 7. Windows XP appears with 1.16% stake.
With information: gHacks.