As the end-of-support date for Windows 7, 8.1 approaches, Chrome pushes users to upgrade to Windows 10 or later.

Microsoft and Google are fierce competitors when it comes to web browsers, but Google must take Windows customers’ reliance on the operating system into account. The two businesses are undoubtedly connected. Given this, it is not surprising that Google is urging its users to upgrade to newer versions of the Windows operating system.

At up to 75.09% in November 2022, Windows had the most desktop operating system market share globally. Microsoft’s decision to discontinue support for Windows 8.1 and its extended support for Windows 7 in January 2023 also means that IT businesses like Google that provide services to the Windows ecosystem will need to make changes. Continuously running apps on such unsupported systems can only mean hazards if Microsoft doesn’t provide updates for the aforementioned operating systems. Having said that, Google is now urging users to upgrade to newer versions of Windows by way of persistent notifications on Chrome.

According to Ghacks, Chrome now repeatedly tells users of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that they “require Windows 10 or later to get future Google Chrome upgrades.” This machine runs Windows 7. Every time the user opens or launches Chrome, the message will repeatedly appear in the top portion of the browser. Other Chromium-based browsers are also required to upgrade to newer Windows system editions.

Microsoft is reminding its consumers about the occasion. The Redmond corporation confirmed the end-of-life support date for Windows 8.1 in June following the original statements, and in July it even released a screen warning about the end of support for the Windows 8.1 operating system. Google announced the potential date for the delivery of the last Chrome update for Windows 7 and 8.1 on its support page in October.

“To continue receiving new Chrome updates, make sure your device is running Windows 10 or later. Google stated at the time that “this corresponds with Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 extended support on January 10th, 2023. If you want to continue receiving the most recent security updates and Chrome features, we advise switching to a supported Windows version before that date if you are presently using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Christopher Woodill

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