In case you haven’t already noticed, Windows 7 is old and so are the Window 8 variations (8, 8.1). So old that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 officially two years ago (8.0 back in 2016 because it was one of the releases everyone would rather pretend never happened). Since then, other companies have been pulling support for the OS in an attempt to move forward with modern and future enhancements.
The biggest reason to bail from these older OS versions is security before anything else. The fact that these versions have been left to vanish means that holding onto them opens you up to multiple security risks. So it’s best to keep up with the times and protect yourself. If you get left behind, you take far too many risks in today’s digital battlefield (I mean, wonderland).
Now, Google is taking its swipe at these older operating systems as well. Now that Windows 8.1 will reach its EOL (end of life) early next year, there is little reason to concentrate on anything else beyond Windows 10+.
So the company will be pulling support for the Google Chrome browsers on these systems. This means no more updates for the browser in the future. At least, as of early next year. By February, these OS environments will be skipped as additional updates roll out. This means even more security issues or a lack of browser options for those still trying to hold onto these older systems.
If you aren’t looking to hold onto a retro system for retro purposes that don’t require being connected to the internet, then it would be wise to move on if you still use one of these older operating systems. It’s time to move on to Windows 10 or even 11 if your hardware supports it (or time to consider a new system). Thankfully, most of the world has gotten the signs a while ago, thus few users are still struggling behind everyone else.