computers with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will have one less browser available. This Friday (9), the Microsoft informed that it will end the support of the Microsoft Edge to older generations of the operating system. The decision will take effect when Google Chrome terminates previous versions of the software.
The announcement follows the end of the lifecycle of operating systems. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 and 8 will run out of security updates from January 10, 2023. Thus, systems will no longer be recommended to avoid unsafe environments.
Faced with this scenario, developers are writing off their programs and focusing their efforts on the latest versions of Windows.
This is the case of Microsoft, which will terminate the compatibility of its browser. In its blog, the company said that version 109 will be the last one to support Windows generations.
The move will affect both Microsoft Edge and the Webview2 Runtime.
“In addition, WebView2 SDK versions 1.0.1519.0 and higher will no longer support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1,” they said.
Microsoft Edge 109 will arrive in January 2023
Edition 109 is scheduled to be released to users on January 12, 2023. As mentioned, this will be the last version compatible with older system editions.
Even so, Microsoft advises using the latest versions of the operating system right away. No wonder the company is advising developers to end support for their applications on Windows 7 and 8.
“We recognize that this may not be easy for some developers, however, ending support for these operating systems will help keep end users safe from potential threats and security risks as both operating systems will go out of support on January 10, 2020. 2023,” they stated.
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Windows Server 2008 and 2012 will also be impacted
Microsoft will also end support for other operating systems. In this case, Microsoft Edge 109 will be the last version to support the following Windows editions:
- Windows Server 2008 R2;
- Windows Server 2012;
- Windows Server 2012 R2.
“Internet Explorer 11 will remain compatible with these operating systems for as long as they are supported,” they added.
Google Chrome will say goodbye to Windows 7 and 8
Microsoft’s decision accompanies Google. In October, the search giant reported that Google Chrome 109 would be the last version compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1🇧🇷
According to Google, older versions of Chrome will continue to work. On the other hand, there will be no more updates released for users of these operating systems.
“If you’re using Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, we recommend switching to a supported version of Windows to ensure you continue to receive the latest security updates and Chrome features,” Google said.
Chrome 110, which will not support older versions of Windows, is expected to arrive on February 7, 2023.