INTRO: Revising its initial plans to drop Chrome support for Windows 7 by July next year, Google has extended the deadline by 6 months. consistent with Google, Chrome will continue supporting Windows 7 a minimum of until January 15, 2022.
The decision comes supported feedback from Chrome’s enterprise customers in light of the worldwide pandemic. the corporate says it’ll still “evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers face , and communicate any additional changes within the future.”
Google points out that migrating to Windows 10 was a part of the roadmap of the many organizations this year. consistent with a Kantar study commissioned by Google Chrome Enterprise within the second quarter of this year, almost 21 percent of companies are within the process of migrating to Windows 10, while a minimum of 1 percent haven’t even started the migration process.
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“With this extension of support, enterprises with their upgrades still ongoing can rest assured that their users remaining on Windows 7 will still enjoy Chrome’s security and productivity benefits,” says Max Christoff, Engineering Director, Chrome.
Coincidentally, Chrome’s new deadline makes it almost two years since Microsoft officially discontinued Windows 7. The Redmond giant stopped issuing security updates to Windows 7 on the 14th of January this year. Ever since Microsoft pulled the plug, enterprises and IT companies are migrating to Windows 10 and other Linux distributions.
Google’s initiative to increase support for Windows 7 may be a neat gesture towards the enterprise segment, which is already facing tons of hurdles thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. This extension should provide more flexibility to make sure a seamless migration process.