Google will keep supporting Chrome on Windows 7 for at least 18 more months

midian182

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Enterprise users on Windows 7 can continue to receive extended security updates (ESUs) after January 14 by paying. They’re not cheap, costing $25/$50 (depending on the version of Windows) per machine in year one, before increasing to $50/$100 in year two and $100/$200 for the third year.

Plenty of everyday users are planning on sticking with Windows 7, too. And while they might not be getting any ESUs, they can still use the world’s most popular web browser. “We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from Microsoft’s End of Life date, until at least July 15, 2021,” writes Chrome's engineering director, Max Christoff.

The main reason for Chrome extending its support is so enterprise users can keep benefiting from the browser while they migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It can be a lengthy process, especially in large organizations that have thousands of PCs.

Last summer, a report showed that many businesses were taking too long to migrate to Windows 10. Retail, distribution, and transport industries were furthest behind with 65 percent of devices migrated, though financial services, public sector, construction and property, and media, leisure and entertainment were only slightly ahead at 66 percent.

Windows 7 still has a 26 percent share of the worldwide Windows market, so Chrome’s extended support will be welcomed by many.

 

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Windows Version Market Share

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ShagnWagn

TS Evangelist
I've done workstation management for corporate enterprises for 18+ years. I've scripted thousands of installs and been 3rd level support for them all. Can someone please help me understand how there is a "different" installer for win7 vs win10? They are the exact same install. Per their site:

"Download Chrome for Windows
For Windows 10/8.1/8/7 64-bit."

Security patches and whatever features are for all operating systems. Did microsoft pay them off to say this? Preying on gullible customers again... The answer is always "open your wallets to us".
 

veLa

TS Evangelist
I've done workstation management for corporate enterprises for 18+ years. I've scripted thousands of installs and been 3rd level support for them all. Can someone please help me understand how there is a "different" installer for win7 vs win10? They are the exact same install. Per their site:

"Download Chrome for Windows
For Windows 10/8.1/8/7 64-bit."

Security patches and whatever features are for all operating systems. Did microsoft pay them off to say this? Preying on gullible customers again... The answer is always "open your wallets to us".
At no point in the article did it say that there are different installers for Windows 7 or 10.
 

ShagnWagn

TS Evangelist
At no point in the article did it say that there are different installers for Windows 7 or 10.
Correct, but it points out specifically for Window 7. This is my point - the installer is the same for them all. It reads like a cash grab to me. Basically how microsoft worded their "patch" announcement Win7 will be ending to where non-technical people thought their computer wouldn't work any more. This freaked several of my family/friends that they were going to have to buy Win10 when this is not true. In the case of the browser... the people (savvy enough) who use an alternative browser like chrome are aware there are easy alternatives to install.
 

lazer

TS Addict
This is an opportunity for competitors. Brave browser should fly an add "Supporting Windows 7 into the future."
I have Brave, and it is pretty good, but like FF better, also Vivaldi and Opera....
but will have to wait to see what works with win7 after M$ stops support.
BTW, I have never updated win7