Google Extends Chrome Support on Windows 7

Posted on November 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome, Windows 7 with 12 Comments

Google announced last night that it will now support Chrome on Windows 7 through January 2022, an extension of 6 months. Because COVID, of course.

“After assessing the current situation, and based on feedback from our valued enterprise customers, Chrome is extending our support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022,” Google’s Max Christoff revealed. “That’s a 6-month extension from our previously communicated date of July 15, 2021. We’ll continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.”

According to data provided by Google, 78 percent of its enterprise customers have fully migrated away from Windows 7, but 21 percent are still in the process of migrating. Obviously, the global pandemic uprooted many migrations that were planned for 2020, so this extension in support will help those that have delayed the move.

“With this extension of support, enterprises with their upgrades still in progress can rest assured that their users remaining on Windows 7 will continue to benefit from Chrome’s security and productivity benefits,” Christoff continues. “IT teams can also take advantage of Chrome’s existing enterprise capabilities and future roadmap, including our continued investment in cloud management, enterprise security capabilities, and our plans to integrate more closely with the broader ecosystem across the operating system versions.”