Google Chrome update! Bad news for millions of Windows users; are you impacted? | Tech News

Google Chrome update! Bad news for millions of Windows users; are you impacted?

Google Chrome has released the latest update to Google Chrome but it won’t work on millions of PCs anymore. Here’s why.

| Updated on: Feb 08 2023, 12:01 IST
Clockify, Loom to OneTab, 5 amazing Google Chrome extensions that you just must try
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1/6 First on the list is Checker Plus for Gmail - it lets you receive notifications, read, listen to or delete emails without opening Gmail and easily manage multiple accounts. Plus, it is the fastest and easiest way to manage multiple email accounts (Chrome Web Store)
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2/6 Clockify Time Tracker: It can help you rack time from anywhere on the web and improve productivity in one click. It tracks the time you spend on projects and analyzes your productivity. You can use Clockify on the web, desktop, and mobile (Chrome Web Store)
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3/6 Loom: This Chrome extension simplifies the recording screen and camera with one click. Plus, you can share that content in an instant with a link. (Chrome Web Store)
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4/6 OneTab: As its name suggests it condenses tabs into one to save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter. All you need to do, whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, is click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. (Chrome Web Store)
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5/6 Grammarly: Accept it or not, Grammarly is one of the best Chrome extensions that saves you time and stops you from making grammatical mistakes. (Chrome Web Store)
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6/6 All of these Chrome extensions can be downloaded and added to your browser from the Chrome Web Store.  (Unsplash)
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Update your Google Chrome browser to stay safe from malicious threats. (Bloomberg)

Google has issued the latest update to Google Chrome, urging users to update their browsers immediately. To keep users from switching to new browsers, Google regularly issues updates to Chrome with new features. Moreover, security improvements and bug fixes are also released to keep users safe from cyberthreats.

Bad news for Windows 7/Windows 8.1 users

Google has now released another update to Google Chrome, patching up security flaws in the previous version. The Chrome version, labelled 110, is a big one. This is due to being the first Chrome browser version supported on Windows 10 and above. Therefore, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will not be able to use the newer version of Chrome anymore.

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Google announced, “Chrome 109 is the last version of Chrome that will support Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for release on February 7th, 2023) is the first version of Chrome that requires Windows 10 or later. You'll need to ensure your device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases.”

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What can users do?

If you're running Windows 10 or above, you need to simply update Chrome to its latest version. Chrome checks for new updates regularly, and when an update is available, Chrome applies it automatically when you close and reopen the browser.

However, if you're a Windows 7 or a Windows 8.1 user, the only option is to update to a newer version of Windows. Users run a risk of being on the receiving end of cyberthreats if the Chrome version isn't updated.

About Chrome

Since its launch in 2008, Google Chrome has become the world's most used browser with a market share of nearly 65.84 percent. Major players in the industry like Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer have been left in the dust. Although Microsoft tried to turn things in their favour with the new Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome popularity is unmatched.

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First Published Date: 08 Feb, 12:01 IST