Do you use Google Chrome on your PC or laptop? Better check this list
Using an old Windows laptop or computer? If yes, then you might land into trouble. Google is dropping Chrome support from some of the older Windows laptops. Google has informed that it will end Chrome support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in early 2023. A note shared on its official support page says that Google Chrome 110 that is speculated to be released in February 2023, will be the last version to support these two older Microsoft Windows versions. Google mentioned that it has been decided in accordance with Microsoft's decision to discontinue support for Windows 7 Extended Support Update and Windows 8.1 Extended Support on January 10, 2023.
Google support page statement reads, “We're ending support for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for release on February 7th, 2023) is the last version of Chrome that will work on these versions of Windows”.
However, Chrome will still function on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, but they won't be eligible for any upcoming update versions. The statement says, "If you are currently on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we recommend you move to a supported Windows version before that date to make sure you continue to receive the latest security updates and Chrome features.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft has recently announced that it will drop support for Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Update) and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.
According to the company's FAQ page, devices running on Windows 8.1 will continue to function, but they will no longer get technical assistance. Windows 8.1 users will be able to update to the new OS, but they won't get any ESU. It also says that the computer running Windows 8.1 will be more vulnerable to malware and viruses without installing the latest software updates. Hence, it is advised to switch to a newer version of Windows.