"With this extension of support, enterprises with their upgrades still in progress can rest assured that their users remaining on Windows 7 will continue to benefit from Chrome's security and productivity benefits", Christoff continues.
Google said that by extending Chrome support for Windows 7, enterprise customers have "the flexibility they need to continue supporting their workforce". Windows 10 accounts for 62.16 percent of all desktop operating systems. And according to Microsoft's own numbers, there are more than 1 billion users. While the performance upgrades are being rolled out immediately, the new features will be rolled out in the coming weeks, according to Google.
Thanks to overwhelming feedback from Enterprise Workspace customers using the Chrome browser on the older operating system, Google has made a decision to extend support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022.
Google was planning to itself exit Chrome support for Windows 7 on the 15th July 2021. Facing hard business and technology decisions, supporting a challenging work environment, and navigating uncertainty are among just a few of the issues IT leaders have faced over the course of 2020. "While the past few months served as a catalyst for technology investments and digital transformation initiatives for many organizations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat", said Google in a blog post. Previously, they had planned only to support it until July 15, 2021 - that gives everyone's IT department six more months to figure out a strategy for upgrading and apply it across the board. The company claims that it will continue to evaluate the conditions of its enterprise customers.
Talking to corporate customers, Google found that organizations' plans to migrate from Windows 7 to newer versions of the operating system faded into the background.