With Windows 7 still in use by about 500 million people, Google has pledged to support Chrome on that platform past its support end-of-life (EOL) next week.
Google then goes on to explain that the feature arsenal will remain unchanged on Windows 7 despite the end of support, but also to emphasize that users can easily switch from one device to another thanks to Chrome's support for picking up from where they left off across Windows versions.
However, paid support is still available, and Microsoft notes: "Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Professional for Embedded Systems editions of this product, for up to an additional three years past the end of support".
The tech giant is all set to end support for its Windows 7 software next week i.e. on January 14. Microsoft now identifies these incompatible drivers and withholds Windows 10 updates from systems that have them installed so it can avoid any malfunctions.
Internet Explorer browser users are also affected by Windows 7's end-of-support milestone.
Despite nagging from Microsoft, millions of users have yet to upgrade from Windows 7 almost half of all PCs used in small businesses are running Windows 7 despite Microsoft's January 2020 deadline. Windows Latest reported yesterday that Microsoft plans to change the process it uses to handle incompatible drivers in an effort to avoid those issues.
Overall, Microsoft is trying to deliver bug-free updates to Windows users, even though it hasn't had a lot of success in a while.
Plenty of everyday users are planning on sticking with Windows 7, too. Once companies have resolved those problems, they can request the upgrade block's removal, which should mean their customers will be able to upgrade Windows 10 without breaking anything. And, this provision is effective as of January 1 (in contrast to the delayed Attorney General enforcement date of July 1), so the clock is ticking.
"If you haven't started your move to Windows 10 yet, or even if your organization is mid-way through migration, you can still benefit from the enterprise capabilities of Chrome", Max Christoff, Engineering Director, Chrome, says.