Microsoft Edge 109 was the final version that supports Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft Edge will no longer support Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 following the January 12, 2023 release of version 110.

Edge users will no longer be able to access Windows 7/8.1 support. This decision coincides almost exactly with the ending of support for Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU), and Windows 8/8.1 starting January 10, 2023.

“While Microsoft Edge or Webview2 Runtime version 109 or earlier will continue working on these operating system, those versions won’t receive new features, future updates to security, and bug fixes,” said .

“Microsoft Edge version109” will be the final supported version for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

If you want to update to Windows 10, or later, and install the Webview2 Runtime or Microsoft Edge (used for embedding web content into your native apps), then upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft encourages developers not to provide support for Windows 7 or 8/8.1 in order to make sure that users upgrade to Windows 10/2223 to the latest version. This will allow them to continue receiving security updates and support.

According to , Windows 7 still runs on more than 10.25% of all Windows system worldwide. Windows 8.1 only 2.53%.

Desktop Window market share (Statcounter GlobalStats)

This announcement follows a similar one by Google made in October, when it stated that Google Chrome would starting in February 2023.

Chrome 109 will be the final version that supports Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. According to a Google employee, Chrome 110 is expected to be released on February 7, 2023, and will require Windows 10 or later.

Google advised users that they update to Windows 10 and later in order to receive future Chrome updates.

As with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome older versions won’t receive software updates or bug fixes. This exposes users to security threats.

Google Chrome currently holds a . Safari is next with about 18%, and Microsoft Edge has 4.32. (which utilizes Chrome’s Blink rendering engine enhanced by Microsoft).

Others have dropped Windows 7 support. NVIDIA is one example. They no longer provide Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 drivers starting October 2021 .