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In just over a year, many Windows computers will no longer be able to support the Google Chrome web browser.
From January 15, 2022, Google Chrome will stop working on millions of computers around the world still running the Windows 7 operating system.
People using the older software will therefore have to update their operating systems to Windows 10, or move to computers already running Windows 10.
Why will Chrome stop supporting Windows 7?
Chrome is set to stop supporting Windows 7 because Windows creator, Microsoft, no longer provides updates for its older operating system. This means that Windows 7 users are at risk of security vulnerabilities and issues.
Initially, Google had planned to stop supporting the Windows 7 operating system on July 15 2021, but has since decided to extend the support for an extra six months, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Max Christoff, Engineering Director at Chrome, said, “After assessing the current situation, and based on feedback from our valued enterprise customers, Chrome is extending our support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022.”
In a blog post, he explained, “Facing difficult business and technology decisions, supporting a changing work environment, and navigating uncertainty are among just a few of the issues IT leaders have faced over the course of 2020.
“While the past few months served as a catalyst for technology investments and digital transformation initiatives for many organizations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat.”
Christoff added that Chrome will “continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.”
So, if you plan to continue using a computer running Windows 7 or earlier, and enjoy using Chrome, be prepared to move to another browser or upgrade to Windows 10.
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