If you use Windows 7 or 8, it is a good idea to update to a new operating system if you want to continue using Microsoft’s Edge browser.
In the future, the Microsoft Edge browser will no longer support the operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
This is stated by Microsoft in a blog post.
Although the oldest of the three systems, Windows 7, is more than 13 years old, according to the statistics website Statcounter, it is still used by 10.25 percent of all the world’s Windows users.
Microsoft explains in the blog post that users of the affected operating systems will no longer receive security updates, new features or bug fixes for their Edge browsers when the 109th version of the browser arrives on January 12, 2023.
However, it is emphasized at the same time that the browser will still be able to be used with the three operating systems, even if it will no longer receive the updates.
Following in Google’s footsteps
In the blog post, Microsoft also states that the next version of the company’s Edge browser will also be the last to support Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Edge is not the first browser to drop support for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Earlier this year, Google also announced that the next version of Google Chrome will require the user to use Windows 10 as a minimum.