Microsoft has already made it clear that Windows 7 reliance
should be drawing to a close and the company’s focus is on
migrating people and businesses to Windows 10 – its latest
operating system with more than 50% market share.
Eleven months after Microsoft ended support for Windows 7,
Google has finally urged Chromium developers to stop using
Windows 7 because it’s no longer being supported by both
Microsoft and Chromium community.
“I don’t remember a decision to require Windows 10, but it
seems inevitable that it will happen at some point, and maybe
that time as now. There have been a few Windows 7 breaks lately
and it eventually gets expensive to keep fixing them,” explained Bruce Dawson,
In a new commit, Google confirmed that Windows 7 no
longer works for building Chromium and Windows 10 is now a
requirement. Since Windows 7 is an unsupported operating
system, a readable error message will be displayed when
developers attempt to build their Chromium apps.
It’s worth noting that this announcement is aimed at developers
only and Chromium-powered browsers will continue to work on
Windows 7, as previously confirmed by Google.
“Chromium and its derivatives still run on Windows 7. This only
affects developers,” Google noted.
Developer community fixes will be accepted, but so far, nobody
has volunteered to add support for Windows 7. Developers still
using Chromium should either upgrade to Windows 10 or consider
trying apps like Process Explorer to detect problems with
Chromium on Windows 7.
Google developers have already stopped using Windows 7 to build
Chrome, but it’s unclear when Chromium will completely stop
working on older platforms.
As we reported earlier this week,
Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to
those running Windows 7 Home, Pro and Ultimate license.