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Author Topic: Microsoft to Support the New Edge Browser After Windows 7 EOL  (Read 50 times)
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« on: January 14, 2020, 05:55:36 PM »

Microsoft will continue to support the new Microsoft Edge in Windows 7 even after the operating system reaches the end of life tomorrow.

With tomorrow being the last day that Windows 7 will receive any security and operating system updates from Microsoft, it was not 100% clear if Microsoft would also continue to support Microsoft Edge in the operating system.

Google announced last week that they will continue to support Google Chrome in Windows 7 through at least July 15th, 2021 to give organizations time to upgrade to Windows 10.

"We have enterprises covered, even if they havenít yet made the full move to Windows 10. We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from Microsoftís End of Life date, until at least July 15, 2021. So if you havenít started your move to Windows 10 yet, or even if your organization is mid-way through migration, you can still benefit from the enterprise capabilities of Chrome."

According to a report by Neowin, Microsoft has told them that they will continue to support the new Microsoft Edge in Windows 7 for as long as Google does.

This is because the new Microsoft Edge is a Chromium-based browser, which is the same engine used by Google Chrome. If one works on Windows 7, for the most part, the other will as well.

This is a smart move by both companies as there is no technical reason that either of these browsers should not be able to run in all Windows versions from Windows 7 through Windows 10.

Unless there is a core change in the Windows operating system, I also do not see this changing soon.

With that said, Windows 7 users should upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible to keep their operating system secure.

Without security updates, users are at risk from new vulnerabilities that will not be patched and could lead to malware infections, such as ransomware, or the full compromise of a vulnerable computer.

If your hardware supports Windows 10, I strongly suggest you take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade offer while it is still available.


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