Microsoft has released a fresh test update for the Microsoft Edge browser, which no longer supports Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems.
We are talking about version number 110 in the Microsoft Edge Dev channel - this version of the browser is available only to users of Windows 10 and 11.
Current stable versions of Microsoft Edge, Chrome, and other Chromium-based browsers continue to support Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. They are likely to end support in early 2023, after Microsoft ends the Extended Security Updates program for Windows 7. According to Microsoft's tentative schedule, Microsoft Edge 110 is expected to release a stable version on February 9, 2023.
As for the Firefox browser, Mozilla is still deciding when to stop updating Firefox on pre-Windows 10 systems. However, Google has already begun reminding Windows 7 and 8.1 users to update the OS.
Support for Windows 8.1 will continue until early 2023, while free support for Windows 7 is no longer available, and paid premium support will also end in January 2023.
According to StatCounter data as of November 2022, the share of Windows 7 is now 10.24% among all Microsoft desktop OS users, and in Russia its share reaches 19.77%. The share of Windows 8.1 is 2.54% and 4.97%, respectively.