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Google Chrome will support Windows 7 until at least July 2021

Microsoft will end support for its Windows 7 operating system next week on January 14, 2020. The last Patch Day for Windows 7 will provide users with a last round of security updates before support ends.

Enterprises and business customers may extend support by up to three years but need to pay Microsoft for that. Called Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) program, it allows organizations to extend support and continue using the operating system for up to three years.

Windows 7 will continue to function even though no official security updates will be provided to Home systems anymore. The company 0Patch revealed plans to release unofficial security updates for Windows 7, and there may also be workarounds to get the ESU-only security updates installed on non-ESU versions of Windows 7.

As far as third-party software is concerned, it is often the case that support won't end at the same date that official support for an operating system runs out. We have seen this when support for Windows XP ended back; Google supported Microsoft's operating system until April 2016 even though it ran out of support in 2014. Other companies, Mozilla, Valve, Dropbox and others continued to support the operating system for a certain amount of time after official support end as well.

Now, it is Windows 7 that is reaching its end of support. The situation is very similar to the one when support for Windows XP ended. Windows 7 is loved by many and is used on many home and organizational devices still.

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Google published information about its plans in regards to Windows 7 on the official Chrome Enterprise blog yesterday. The company revealed that Google Chrome will continue to support Windows 7 until at least July 15, 2021.

We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from Microsoft’s End of Life date, until at least July 15, 2021.

Chrome users may continue to use the web browser on Windows 7 devices as the browser will receive updates just like Chrome for other versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system that are still supported.

Mozilla has not revealed its plans yet but the organization has a good track record of supporting versions of Windows for a long time after support ended officially. Firefox users may also select to switch to Firefox ESR, the Extended Support Release, as it will likely be the version that will support Windows 7 for the longest officially.

Now You: Are you still using Windows 7?

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  1. Kincaid said on January 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm
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    It seems common for Google to drop support for products fairly early. I don’t think they have much vision of what the real world is like.

    It could be a good opportunity for Mozilla to increase it’s market share again.

    1. arthur c. clarke said on January 12, 2020 at 12:33 pm
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      They are dropping support late not to damage their user numbers. There is no need to sugar coat their real motives behind this decision. Sadly Firefox will not see an increase, but I will continue to use it as long as it receives updates.

    2. doog said on January 14, 2020 at 11:15 am
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      I’m sure Google knows far more about the real world than you ever will.

  2. Jeff said on January 10, 2020 at 1:10 pm
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    That’s still too soon. Windows 7 should be supported as long as it doesn’t fall to very low levels of usage e.g. < 4% or so. We all know how Windows 10 got where it is and despite that it is still struggling to grow. When people get new PCs, mostly that's how it grows now.

    1. doog said on January 14, 2020 at 11:22 am
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      ?????

      Windows 10 is the most popular desktop OS in the world.

  3. Win7Bros said on January 10, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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    Personally i don’t care even if chrome will stop supporting 7 now

    Edge Chromium will support 7 untill the end ESU program, 2023
    Pale moon will keep supporting 7 as well
    https://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?p=163736#p163736
    SeaMonkey
    Firefox, either as regular releases or as ESR
    and of course all the countless Chromium forks out there, and before someone says
    that they all of them will drop supporting 7 soon, my answer to them is 360 Extreme Explorer (Chromium 78) which will support both XP and Vista

    In conclusion…Yawn!

  4. Hur Dur said on January 10, 2020 at 3:06 pm
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    I still use windows 7 on my old laptop. It runs cool and does what I want it to do. I tried ubuntu but it doesn’t offer the performance I get from win 7. I believe it’s the lack of quality drivers for ubuntu (and other linux os). I may upgrade to win 8.1 in the near future.

    1. Allwynd said on January 11, 2020 at 10:11 am
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      Ubuntu is no longer the most popular user-friendly distro with out-of-the-box experience. Mint has been doing a lot better and I recently watched a video on Linus Tech Tips about two other distros that even allow for out-of-the-box experience when it comes to serious gaming.

      I also hear Manjaro is very stable and reliable, but I don’t think it’s as user-friendly as the ones based on Debian.

      From what I know and personally experienced, laptops are better supported on Linux since their hardware is more compatible, but for desktops, it’s a hit-and-miss since they get all kinds of hardware combinations.

      Either way, I think you will be OK using Windows 7 until 2023, but when a major browser stops updating on Windows 7, it’s a red flag you should move to something more recent.

  5. Desmond said on January 10, 2020 at 5:04 pm
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    Why is Microsoft so insensitive to its customers? Over 80% of them are not comfortable with W10 for its user-unfriendly UI and endless bugs. Yet they keep keeping to their ill-conceived EOL for W7. Please, anyone here, kindly join this campaign to ask Microsoft to extend the EOL date further.
    https://www.rhymespeak.com/2020/01/an-emergency-letter-to-microsoft-about.html?m=1

  6. brujeria said on January 10, 2020 at 5:08 pm
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    Time to migrate from their sh**ty browser…

  7. ilev said on January 10, 2020 at 7:41 pm
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    Chrome on Windows 7 should be support for as long as Microsoft supports Windows 7, 3 added years (for a fee).

    1. doog said on January 14, 2020 at 11:08 am
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      should? and why is that?

  8. MartinFan said on January 11, 2020 at 12:15 am
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    Yes I am still using Windows 7 mostly to play games on but I also installed Kubuntu mostly to browse with and get accustomed to on the same drive in a dual boot setup.

  9. sp808 said on January 11, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    Don’t care about this data-mining spyware platform.
    google products have 0% influence on my life.

  10. Wasabi said on January 11, 2020 at 12:37 am
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    Chromium-based Edge will have a field way securing adoption on win7 at the detriment of chrome, if Microsoft pushes it as a recommended download in Windows Update or through the websites they control (Hotmail/Live, MSN, Bing webmaster guidelines…).

    1. EdgeLord said on January 11, 2020 at 8:35 am
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      https://twitter.com/SeanOnTwt/status/1215465774157950976

      “Microsoft will be pushing out the update, replacing the old Edge, to all Windows 10 users on Windows 10 RS4 (April 2018 Update) and newer.”

      Except for enterprise users, due to Blocker Toolkit

      “All other versions and Editions of Windows are automatically excluded from being updated automatically”
      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/DeployEdge/microsoft-edge-blocker-toolkit

  11. The_Punisher said on January 11, 2020 at 2:06 am
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    Round 1 to Firefox and forks :)

  12. Muhammad Firza said on January 11, 2020 at 6:17 am
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    Google should Chrome on Windows 7 to be extended until 2023, along with Windows 8 support should be matched, not 2021 (however, people still using Win 7 after EOL and doesn’t switch to ESU (companies only)).

  13. John G. said on January 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm
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    If this go on, Windows 7 will be supported till 2099, and Windows 10 will be eternal forever more. This is not serious. Sincerely I love W7 because my father uses it and he is happy, however EOL times should be respected as well and all efforts should redirect to maintain newer OS (and fix every one single bug detected as soon as possible). Anyway, W10 has become a nightmare for common users every single new ISO released, mainly considering that W10 is a mix of XP/7/8 with all the good and also all the bad of them. Heritage problems are really a big concern nowadays.

  14. redDragon said on January 11, 2020 at 1:49 pm
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    A week before Windows 7 end of life, Firefox developers find a kernel bug
    https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1606138#c25

  15. dkong said on January 11, 2020 at 11:13 pm
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    I’m still using Windows 7 on my old desktop PC, but probably going to move to Windows 10 when I get around to buying a new laptop. Might try to upgrade the PC but it’s like 7 years old at this point lol. Might not be using it too much longer but it’s still running great and getting the job done. I love Windows 7 :D.

  16. Jason said on January 12, 2020 at 9:50 am
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    It’s one thing not supporting an OS and another thing not being able to use it. Generally, if other software companies do not support an OS, they don’t disable the ability to install their software ij that OS (unless of course there is some serious incompatibility) and state that you should use it at your own risk. Not being able to install Firefox or Chrome only because of an outdated OS and not because of incompatibility is not an excuse for me. Equally bad is that fact that some websites refuse to be rendered because of outdated browser. I should be able to do whatever I want.

  17. Matthew Bossert said on January 13, 2020 at 3:46 am
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    I was using Windows 7 on the Current Computer I have but Upgraded It To Windows 8 due to Windows 7 ending support. I do have an old computer (Hinge Broken) still running Windows 7 but I don’t plan to use it too often since the Hinge broke.

  18. Anon said on January 13, 2020 at 9:20 am
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    It’s a bloody browser, it should be possible to run it on any x86 OS, despite its end of life. Because it’s just a browser. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t run on EOL OS, apart from “because fuck you”. Well, fuck you too Google.

  19. EP said on January 13, 2020 at 9:55 pm
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    just recently saw this today on Neowin.net, Martin:
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-will-support-edge-on-windows-7-for-at-least-18-months

    Looks like MS Edge Chromium or “CrEdge” will follow suit as that will support Win7 for at least 18 months

    1. terry said on January 14, 2020 at 8:11 am
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      Update: Microsoft has updated it’s statement to only say that it will support Edge on Windows 7, but not for how long. In other words, it’s exactly what we already knew.

  20. doog said on January 14, 2020 at 11:01 am
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    This is great news! This will give our team more time in making our special Chrome extension that will exploit dopey Windows 7 users.

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