Microsoft updates docs on deploying Chromium-based Edge in organizations

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2020

Microsoft will release the last set of security updates for Windows 7 on January 14, so next week, the 2009 operating system will officially be given an "unsupported" badge.

Windows Latest said that Windows Update occasionally installs drivers that don't work with new versions of Windows 10, however, which is where the problems start. This means that the company will stop the free technical support and producing "security patches" to fix software vulnerabilities. We see this, too, in AV, where Windows 7 users can expect those vendors to likewise continuing supporting the platform for as long as it makes sense to do so.

Windows 7 still has a 26 percent share of the worldwide Windows market, so Chrome's extended support will be welcomed by many. So, the ideal solution is to switch to the latest iteration of Windows.

However, paid support is still available, and Microsoft notes: "Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Professional for Embedded Systems editions of this product, for up to an additional three years past the end of support".

Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports that Microsoft is in the process of reconsidering their strategy for distributing apps to Windows users.

Windows 10's driver update feature is usually helpful. Entitled "Driver Shiproom Release Cadence Windows 2020", Microsoft says in the document: "Recently when a driver update is released alongside OS updates, it has resulted in a poor experience and significantly impacted end-users".

This version of the Store allows companies to offer a curated list of apps to their Windows users, and also to upload custom private apps for only internal consumption. The situation is very similar to the one when support for Windows XP ended. But there's some good news for Chrome users: Google has pledged to keep updating its browser on the aging OS for at least the next 18 months.

Google published information about its plans in regards to Windows 7 on the official Chrome Enterprise blog yesterday.

As the company has announced the end of support, Windows 7 will still continue to work on PCs that have it already installed.

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