Google will finally offer 6 months of additional software support to Chrome on Windows 7. In order to facilitate the transition of companies to Windows 10, the Mountain View firm has indeed committed to offering updates on its web browser until in January 2022.
As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft no longer offers free updates for Windows 7. The operating system is now considered obsolete. Latest Windows 7 users are advised to migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Without security updates, the OS is at the mercy of hackers.
For businesses, the process of migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or an alternative, can be overwhelming. To help its business customers migrate smoothly, Google quickly committed to offering Chrome security updates on Windows 7 until July 15, 2021.
Google finally extends software support for Chrome by 6 months
Unfortunately, this extended software support is not enough for many companies, still stuck on Windows 7. Aware of the difficulties encountered by its professional customers, the firm has decided to extend the software support by 6 months. “Chrome is extending its support for Windows 7 at least until January 15, 2022. This is a 6-month extension from the previously communicated date of July 15, 2021” Google ad in a blog post. It’s not impossible that Google will announce a new extension by then.
To explain its decision, Google highlights the data collected by Kantar, a famous analysis firm. As shown in the graph below, 21% of companies with PCs running Windows 7 are still migrating to Windows 10. Despite the end of Microsoft support, Windows 7 is showing resistance. For now, 78% of companies have already switched to Windows 10.
“While the past few months have served as a catalyst for technology investments and digital transformation initiatives for many organizations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat ” explains Google, referring to the Covid-19 health crisis. Forced to generalize teleworking, many companies have not been able to migrate their computers to Windows 10.