Web browsers, including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and others, still continue to work with Windows 7.
Google already acknowledged that Chrome 109, scheduled for release in January 2023, will be the final version to support Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
According to Google, there won’t be any more updates, not even security fixes, for those older Windows editions. Anyone still using Windows 7 should have been familiar with that because Microsoft largely stopped providing security updates for the software in 2020. Nevertheless, since then, a few urgent patches have been released. While updates for Windows 8.1 will cease on January 10, 2023, support for Windows 8 will last until July 11, 2023.
Numerous web browsers are built on the Chromium open-source version of Google Chrome. If they still need to, most Chromium browsers also give up on older Windows editions without Google support.
Today, Microsoft reiterated in a blog post that Edge 109 would be the final release of its web browser for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. On those systems, the company’s Webview2 Runtime will no longer get updates past version 109.
In November, Vivaldi announced that it would follow Chromium’s support schedule for earlier Windows editions. According to a blog post, “because Vivaldi is built on Chromium, we will get these improvements deleting Win7 and Win8.1 support when we next update the Chromium source, to Chromium 110, which will be the foundation for the next Vivaldi version following Vivaldi 5.6.” Users of Windows 7 are now receiving alerts from Brave Browser regarding the end of support.
Mozilla has not yet decided when Windows 7 and Windows 8 support will be discontinued, making Firefox the only significant (modern) web browser accessible on Windows that is not based on Chromium. But a security patch is needed for Firefox to function on Windows 7 as of version 100.