Edge supports Windows 7 until 2021, just like Chrome

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As you may probably know, Microsoft has ceased support for Windows 7 after a good 10-year run. This means that if users will want to continue receiving security updates, they will either have to upgrade to Windows 10 or get the Windows 7 Extended Support for Business.

However, despite ceasing support, Microsoft has not abandoned the apps that were meant to run on Windows 7 as well.

One good example is their Chromium-based browser Microsoft Edge. In fact, Google confirmed that Chrome will continue to run on Windows 7 for at least 18 more months.

Windows 7  Edge support available for longer than expected

In fact, the new browser is officially available as of today, one day after the retiring of the dated OS. Microsoft went on to add that Microsoft Edge would still work on Windows 7, and receive updates just like on any other platform, until July 2021.

This comes as a pleasant surprise since many were speculating whether or not Google would still support Windows 7 after the EOL.

This marks yet another achievement for Microsoft in terms of increasing Edge’s availability. Ever since it migrated to Chromium, Edge has been available for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and macOS. A Linux version is also on the table, but no words on an official release date are available.

Microsoft Edge slowly replaces Internet Explorer

One thing that you need to remember is that installing the new Microsoft Edge will differ from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

While the Windows 10 version will simply update over and replace the existing version, the Windows 7 version requires a manual installation.

This marks another milestone for Microsoft since now it recommends Microsoft Edge as the new default browser instead of Internet Explorer. In fact, they have even started recommending that users stop using the dated browser.

Do you think Microsoft Edge will be just as good as other mainstream Internet browsers? Let us know in the comment section below.