Microsoft released the first stable version of the company's new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser one day after it ended support for its Windows 7 operating system.
Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020 for Home customers. Business and Enterprise customers have options to extend support by up to three years if they pay Microsoft for Extended Security Updates.
The release of the new Microsoft Edge web browser for Windows 7 raised some questions. One of the main questions concerned support for the browser under Windows 7. For how long would Microsoft support the Chromium-based Edge browser on Windows 7?
Microsoft has now provided an answer to that question. According to the company, the new Microsoft Edge web browser will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021.
We will continue to support Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. These operating systems are out of support and Microsoft recommends you move to a supported operating system such as Windows 10.
While Microsoft Edge helps keep you more secure on the web, your PC may still be vulnerable to security risks. In order for IE mode to be supported on these operating systems the devices will need to have the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7. Without the Windows 7 Extended Security updates Internet Explorer functionality will be vulnerable to security risks. Additionally, IE mode functionality may cease to work without the continued servicing through the extended security updates.
The browser's IE Mode (Internet Explorer mode) is only available on systems that have joined the Extended Security Updates program because of security risks involved.
One question that has not been answered in the context is whether the new Microsoft Edge browser will remain supported for customers with Extended Security Updates functionality beyond July 15, 2021. These may get support until early 2023 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and ending Edge support early may not sit well with some of these customers.
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