It’s taken almost two years, but if you want to continue using Google Chrome as you’re used to, you’ll need to update Windows.
Computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will no longer get the latest version of Google Chrome, starting with the latest version, Chrome 110, which will launch on February 7.
The new version is designed to work on Windows 10 or later. Google Support announced the move in October 2022.
As with most programs whose updates don’t work on older operating systems, you can use the older version of Chrome, you just won’t get the new stuff that Google is working on. And you won’t have the latest security for your browser either.
According to Metro, the plan was originally for Google to make this move for Chrome in June 2021, but it’s been delayed twice, first to January 2022, and now until this year.
This could be a big change for many PC users. Express reports that Windows 8.1 is still the #4 Microsoft operating system in the world.
The move comes at a time when Microsoft is also ending security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These updates end on January 10.