As support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 has officially ended, major web browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have also ceased support for these operating systems. Users continuing to use Windows 7/8.1 will be unable to upgrade to the latest versions of Chrome and Edge. However, Mozilla Firefox has announced that it will continue to support these older operating systems, at least for an additional year.
The Mozilla Foundation has stated that a considerable number of users continue to rely on Windows 7, and therefore, running their “test machines” for a more extended period does not pose significant concerns. While the original plan was to discontinue support for Windows 7/8.1 in August 2023, the Mozilla Foundation has opted to provide extended support through the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) version, which will continue at least until the third quarter of 2024.
Mozilla engineer Mike Kaply explained that Firefox 115 ESR will continue to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until the third quarter of 2024, with ongoing security updates and bug fixes provided during this period. Firefox 115 ESR is scheduled for release on July 4, 2023, meaning that the regular version of Firefox will still cease support for these operating systems by August 2023. Users who wish to continue using Firefox securely on Windows 7/8.1 are advised to switch to the Firefox ESR version.
For those who prioritize security, the recommended course of action is to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as soon as possible. After all, the lack of ongoing security updates means that Windows 7/8.1 is no longer considered secure, and upgrading to a newer operating system is crucial to ensuring system protection.
Mozilla’s decision to extend Firefox support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 highlights the company’s commitment to accommodating users who have not yet transitioned to the latest Windows versions. However, it also serves as a reminder for users to assess their current operating systems and consider upgrading to ensure they receive the latest security patches and updates.