Back up your data. Firefox end of support for Windows 7 is finally coming

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Have you been wondering when is Firefox end of support for Windows 7? Well, we have some bad news. The popular web browser just launched its latest version to this date, version 115.0, to Release channel users, and it’s the last major version of Firefox that supports Windows 7 and Windows 8. 

The announcement came six months after Microsoft axed its support for both older models of the operating system. Consequently, users utilizing Windows 7 and Windows 8, along with Apple macOS versions 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14, will undergo an automatic transition to the ESR (Extended Support Release) 15 version of the browser.

“Unsupported operating systems receive no security updates and have known exploits. With no official support from Microsoft, maintaining Firefox for obsolete operating systems becomes costly for Mozilla and dangerous for users,” the release note reads. 

Switching to a different browser will not necessarily provide the desired protection. This is because popular browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have already terminated support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems. Therefore, simply switching to another browser may not be a viable solution to ensure continued security and support on these older versions of Windows.

If you’re concerned about the security of browsing with Firefox on older operating systems, rest assured that it will remain safe to use. Firefox will continue to deliver security updates and non-new feature updates to the channel. However, this will only be available until the conclusion of the ESR version 115, which is scheduled for September 2024.

What are your thoughts on Firefox end of support for Windows 7? Have you migrated to a newer operating system? Let us know in the comments!