Google has stated that the next release, Chrome 110, will mark the end of support for Chrome on Windows 7 and 8/8.1.
Chrome 109, which becomes available on February 7, 2023, will be the last version update.
To continue receiving future Chrome versions, you must make sure your device is running Windows 10 or later, according to Google.
The blog post announcement adds, “This corresponds to Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 Extended Support on January 10, 2023.”
For those of you who don’t know, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 7 and 8.1 after January 10th. This includes support for his WebView2, a tool that allows developers to embed web-based content into apps.
Last year Microsoft announced the end of support for the Edge web browser on Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Note that older versions of Chrome will continue to work, but will not be updated for users of these operating systems (Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1). Security updates are critical for operating systems, so users are encouraged to upgrade to new Windows.
Google was supposed to release the latest version of Chrome 110 next July, but due to the current pandemic situation, the tech giant decided to postpone the release.
Reasons to update Chrome
There are many good reasons to update your Google Chrome browser. Here are the six most important:
Security – New versions of Chrome are released regularly and each new version includes security updates and new features. Older versions of Chrome can pose security risks. This is because older versions may not have the latest security updates. This means it is vulnerable to malware and hacking.
Speed - Chrome is designed to be fast and efficient. Updating to the latest version ensures your browser is running at maximum performance. New Features – With each new update, Google Chrome adds new features and improvements.
Compatibility – Updating Chrome will make your browser compatible with the latest websites and web standards. This is especially important if you use Chrome for work or school.
Stability – Newer versions of Chrome tend to be more stable and less buggy. So if you’re having issues with your current version of Chrome, updating to the latest version might fix the issue. Fewer crashes – Newer versions of Chrome are also less likely to crash.
Support – Google Chrome is backed by a team of experts who are always ready to help if you run into any issues.