Windows 7 will continue to have Google Chrome until 2022. That Windows 7 is one of the best Windows ever, few doubt it, and this decision made by Google Chrome almost proves it. It seems unbelievable, but almost a year has passed since Microsoft ended the support for the operating system. Still, in January 2020 the share of users that remained in Windows 7 was 26% of all, more than one out of four.
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In December 2019, Windows 7 was still supported by Microsoft. Now almost a year has passed and, despite the lack of support and, therefore, of updates (which includes security updates), more than one in four users still haven’t updated to Windows 10. And for those users, Google Chrome has good news.
At the beginning of the year, we told you that Google wanted to extend support for Windows 7, with updated versions of its browser, until halfway through 2021. This policy, they said, was aimed at corporate users, i.e. companies that, for whatever reason, still maintain Windows 7 in all or part of their IT infrastructure. However, one doesn’t have to be too twisted to understand that Google is also interested in maintaining (and protecting as much as possible) private users who have not yet made the leap to Windows 10 either.
2020 has not been a normal year, and many processes foreseen at the beginning of the year have slowed down substantially, something that affects the present, of course, but also the near future. With this in mind, and as we can read in the Chrome Enterprise blog, Google has decided to extend support for Windows 7 until January 15, 2022. It will be two years since Microsoft stopped supporting its operating system.
Windows 7 will continue to have Google Chrome until 2022. To make this decision, Google claims to have trusted the comments it has received from its corporate clients, many of whom stated that the pandemic has slowed down the migration to Windows 10 and, given that these processes usually take quite a long time, January 15, 2022, has been marked as the expiration date. But Google Chrome’s support for Windows 7 can be extended even further, based on the evolution that will take place during the first half of 2021.