Google To Phase Out Chrome On Millions Of PCs By 2022
Google has decided to extend the use of Chrome on computers operating Windows 7 for six months longer than originally anticipated, with the kill switch set for around January 2022.
The search engine giant previously announced it would be phasing out Chrome on Windows 7 by July 15 2021, a little over 10 years since the operating system first debuted to the public.
The six-month extension has been granted to users due to the difficulties faced by a changing work environment during COVID-19.
Google says it is aware many organisations still rely on Windows 7, with 21% still in the process of migrating to Windows 10 and 1% planning on migrating soon.
“Migrating to Windows 10 was a part of many organizations’ roadmap for the year,” Google wrote in a blogpost.
“Our hope is that this extension gives our enterprise customers the flexibility they need to continue supporting their workforce, while moving off of Windows 7 as their situation allows.”
Users still operating the older system by the deadline will be forced out and made to upgrade to Windows 10 or face security risks as Microsoft no longer supports the redundant Windows 7.
According to figures released by NetMarketShare, about 20.93% of computers accessing the internet are still using Windows 7.
And around 68% of all web browsers globally are Google Chrome.