GOOGLE Chrome will stop working on computers running Windows 7 in 2022.
The deadline for the end of the support has been extended by six months due to the global pandemic.
Windows 7 users should consider updating their softwareCredit: Getty – Contributor
It means Windows 7 users will get to use Chrome as a browser for 6 months longer than originally planned.
Support for Google Chrome on Windows 7 will now end sometime around January 15, 2022.
Google made this change due to more people having to work from home in recent times.
Microsoft doesn’t support Windows 7 anymore meaning users are at risk of security vulnerabilities.
Google has extended its support for Windows 7 due to the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Alamy
If you do use Windows 7 you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 software.
According to NetMarketShare, about 20.93% of computers accessing the internet are using Windows 7.
This could potentially mean millions of computers will eventually stop gaining access to Google Chrome, the most popular web browser.
Google wrote in a blogpost: “This year has presented a lot of challenges for organisations of all sizes.
“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 organisations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat.
“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.
“That’s a 6-month extension from our previously communicated date of July 15, 2021.
“We’ll continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.”
Google Chrome – what you need to know
Here’s a quick guide…
- Google Chrome is a web browser created by Google
- It’s cross-platform, which means it works on a range of systems including Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iOS
- The browser also serves as the main part of Chrome OS – Google’s own operating system
- Most of Chrome’s code comes from Chromium, an open-source project built by Google
- Google Chrome is Google’s general-release browser based on Chromium, but anyone can build a Chromium app
- The full Google Chrome browser is completely free to download and use
- And according to StatCounter, around 68% of all web browsers globally are Google Chrome
- That’s down from a peak of 72%
- Google Chrome was first released on September 2, 2008
In other news, Google is rolling out an update to its Chrome web browser that promises one of its biggest speed boosts in years.
Hackers are using a fake Google Chrome update to break into people’s PCs.
And, Google recently released a new Chrome update to fix two security vulnerabilities that were being exploited by hackers.
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