Bad news for Windows 7 users: Mozilla also gave up, saying “so far” for Firefox


Microsoft’s two legacy operating systems, Windows 7 and 8/8.1, have not been officially supported for a long time. When the software giant ended its Extended Security Updates (ESU) program in January 2023, many third-party developers did the same, ending support for these two operating systems. Although Edge and Chrome were the first to abandon ship, the Mozilla Foundation decided to continue supporting Firefox users on Windows 7 and 8/8.1. But of course this would not last forever; it didn’t last. After months of careful consideration, Mozilla is finally ready to announce the end of support. Customers who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 will be able to continue using Firefox 115 Extended Support Release (ESR) until September 2024, according to a document posted on the official Mozilla Support website. So it looks like we have more than 1 year left in front of us. But this does not mean that users can use every new Firefox version. Firefox 115 Extended Support Release will be the last release available and will only receive security updates until then. The company explains its decision: “Microsoft ended official support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 in January 2023. Unsupported operating systems do not receive any security updates and are compromised by known vulnerabilities. Without official Microsoft support, maintaining Firefox for older operating systems becomes costly for Mozilla and dangerous for users.” While Windows 7 and 8/8.1 have relatively small market shares (around 5% overall), Mozilla says many people continue to use Firefox to access the internet from PCs with dead operating systems. Of course, the end of support will probably mean nothing to fans of unconditional loyalty to Windows 7. Because some people still use Windows XP. However, let us remind you that it is not a good idea to use a connected computer that no longer receives security updates. Related Gallery 10 alternative browsers! Browse Gallery


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