I remember a few years ago on here I would do ‘blog updates’, where I would change some stuff on my blog like the theme and design to make it more user friendly and modern.
This was a few years ago however, so I’m not going to dig up what version number I got up to back then. Today, I changed my blog’s theme and introduced a new logo for the blog. The blog looks more modern, more clear, and more user friendly so I consider this a major update for the blog.
Welcome to EpicChasGamer.com 2.0, I hope you enjoy reading my articles and navigating the site. I will also do more polls to collect viewers opinions on tech-related topics.
Windows 7 support ended on the 14th January 2020. To be fair, we should all be on Windows 10 by now or if your PC can’t run it or you want a free alternative, Linux. But those who rely on Windows applications and can’t afford to upgrade are left on Windows 7. It’s important to take security seriously when running an unsupported OS. Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported on Windows 7 and therefore no longer getting security updates so you will want to look for a new browser to use if you’ve been using Internet Explorer all this time. This is where you may come across Google Chrome.
Chrome on Windows XP and Vista
Google Chrome dropped support for both Windows XP and Vista at the same time with Chrome 50 in 2016. It was a shock for Windows Vista support to be dropped considering Windows Vista did not reach end of life until 2017, but it was obvious Google were prepared to move on, not to mention Windows Vista was not as popular as XP or 7 as it was known to be quite buggy. Microsoft tried fixing bugs with updates but it was too late and Windows Vista’s reputation was already tarnished and never properly recovered.
Windows XP support ended in 2014, two years before Chrome support was dropped. Unlike Vista, Windows XP was very popular and one of the most loved Windows versions in history. Even when support ended, many users and organisations worldwide kept using it. The WannaCry ransomware outbreak made Windows XP users realise it was time to move on.
Because of Windows XP’s reputation and figures of people still using it, Google decided to support it for another couple of years with Chrome. But will they do the same with Windows 7?
Windows 7 Chrome to be supported for ‘at least 18 months’
Despite this article being aimed at businesses and enterprises, it also applies to home users too. Google will continue updating Chrome for at least 18 months, maybe even longer regardless of if you’re in the workplace or not.
So if your current PC is still on Windows 7 and you need time to plan a migration to Windows 10, you can still use a secure browser whilst you’re still on Windows 7.
What other browser options are there?
Chrome may have stated how much longer they will support Windows 7 for, but Firefox hasn’t specified this, so it is assumed that they will continue supporting Windows 7 until further notice. And when they do, it’s likely they will release an ESR (Extended Support Release) as the final version so that they will continue maintaining that for a little while. Opera is still actively updating Opera 36, the last compatible version for Windows XP and Vista, with security fixes, so it can be assumed that when Opera decide to stop providing feature updates for Windows 7 that they will still maintain the last compatible version for a while.
If you are stuck on Windows 7 there are still plenty of browser options. Browsing with an updated browser gives you some added security even on an old OS like Windows 7, and it’s good to see web browsers continue support for Windows 7 especially considering its popularity.
But all good things must come to an end, and so must Windows 7. Web browsers won’t support Windows 7 forever. It’s good that browsers are giving Windows 7 users time to migrate to Windows 10, but soon that time will be up.
If you haven’t already it’s time to plan your migration to Windows 10 or to Linux so that you can be on a secure, supported OS by the time programs start dropping support for Windows 7. Google’s post can help businesses migrate, whilst home users should create a plan to help them get to Windows 10 or Linux by the end of the year. Windows 7 was great in its day but now it’s time to put the past in the past and move on.
Last year’s iOS 13 dropped support for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 and 6+, as well as the iPod Touch 6th generation and iPadOS 13 dropped support for multiple iPad models. This year, however, iOS 14 will be announced in the summer as will the devices the OS will — and won’t — support.
Now that Windows 7 support has ended, you may have been looking at Windows 10 upgrade options. Microsoft have been recommending you buy a new PC with the OS preinstalled rather than upgrade your existing PC even if it meets the hardware requirements. But why?
Android 10 has been available on Pixel phones for a few months now, but only a couple months ago Samsung started rolling the stable update out to their Galaxy S10 and Note10 series phones. The standard update policy for Samsung flagships is three years of support, with two major OS upgrades. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ were released in 2018 on Android 8.0 Oreo and have received updates to Android 9.0 Pie and now Android 10, meaning Android 10 is likely to be its final update.
A lot of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users have had an issue with their devices charging where they get the error message ‘This accessory may not be supported’ I had this issue with my iPhone 4 for a long time and sometimes with my 6S too. However, it is fixable.
All Samsung flagships up to the S6 have had support for three years. In these three years you could expect two major OS upgrades and monthly security updates. After those three years, it’s over. Your phone will no longer get security updates from Samsung.
A lot of us are currently running Windows 10 on our PCs. Since it was released in 2015, Windows 10 has proved a good OS for not just PCs but IoT devices, tablets, and even phones despite the death of Windows 10 Mobile last month. We all should be running Windows 10 at the moment because of Windows 7’s end of life last month, or you should install Linux instead if you want a secure OS for free or your old PC is incapable of running Windows 10. However, Windows wasn’t always the metro-style OS it is now. Back in 1985, Windows 1.0 was released and it looked very different from Windows 10. It ran on top of MS-DOS, which was Microsoft’s CLI-based operating system which is known for its retro gaming support.
If you pay attention to tech news and security notices, you’ll know Microsoft have ended support for Windows 7, Vista, and XP by now. To be honest by now, we should all be running Windows 10 after Microsoft gave us a year to prepare to move away from 7. Microsoft recommend that you buy a new PC preinstalled with it or upgrade it. But what if your PC doesn’t meet the hardware requirements? How can you stay secure without upgrading to Windows 10?