As most of you probably know by now, Microsoft has ceased support for Windows 7. This means there will be no more feature updates, security patches or bug fixes.
This leaves regular users with one of three choices:
- Remain on Windows 7, but become vulnerable to cyber attacks
- Upgrade to Windows 10
- Get the Windows 7 Extended Support
However, what few realize is just how popular Windows 7 has become over the years, maintaining a strong share of the market even up until its last day. One particular category of users that are affected by the End of Support for Windows 7 is the gamers.
This is because they are affected in more ways than one. For example, since most gamers have extensive gaming libraries, the biggest challenge now will be migrating their games to Windows 10.
Not only will they look for a way to transfer them without having to reinstall them, but they will also try to keep their saves as well.
But one of the biggest questions they are asking themselves is with regards to one of the biggest game distribution platforms in the world: Steam.
What will Steam do about Windows 7 now?
Steam recently announced that they will be ending support for Windows XP and Vista. Of course, this happened years after Microsoft pulled the plug on those OS. Because of that, it is to be expected that this will happen to Windows 7 at some point as well.
Based on Valve’s explanation, the latest features in the Steam client depend on an embedded version of Google’s Chrome browser. So, as far as end support goes, we can expect that once one tech giant abandons Windows 7, the others will follow shortly after.
Not only will the client no longer support the dated OS, but the newer games that will be released won’t probably be compatible with Windows 7 either.
This leaves gamers with a roster of games that will no longer be expanded with new entries. Thus, they will have to be happy with the titles that have already been released.
However, Windows 7‘s share or the platform is still holding strong, being at around 16%, and it even spiked to 18% back in December. This makes it so that Steam’s end of support for Windows 7 won’t come too soon after all.
More and more players will migrate with time towards Windows 10. Because of this, it isn’t wrong to state that Windows 7‘s time on Steam‘s support list is limited.
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