The report by Maximilian Hohm told the blog post that support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 was already end. The operating systems lose update enables Edge and Webview2 to become productive systems without data-sensitive. The latter seems to be a grace period and an interim solution for server systems. Read here more about it.
Most people will recognize Windows 7 as a very pleasant and mature operating system, but by now, almost all of users have switched to Windows 10 or 11. Consequently, it’s more time to do that. Microsoft will also discontinue extended support for Windows 7. Similarly, Windows 8 and 8.1 will be discontinued, but they have never reached the same popularity as Windows 7.
Google is releasing an update to the Chrome version 110: Google will immediately remove windows 7 and 8.1 support.
The operating systems that are still obsolete will not receive Edge updates anymore and the current version 109 will be the last supported version. Microsoft strongly advises that you switch to a Windows version to keep running until it’s not ready for updates, since some security concerns are not considered important. That’s especially true for the Webview 2 runtime, it’ll only expire on 01/12/23 and also cause the same problem. Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 are no longer able to use as productive systems with an Internet access with a clear conscience, but are a risk to security.
The server and the operating systems are affected, too. The Windows Servers 2008, 2012 and 2012 R2 will also lose the Edge support in January. In addition to Internet Explorer 11, which actually has been discontinued now, there is an interim solution that should continue working until October 2023. However, the Microsoft itself acknowledged that the switch might not be that easy for some developers, since the old operating systems are used to test legacy applications that don’t work on Windows 10 and 11 yet could cause massive problems.
Those: Microsoft via Golem.de.