Microsoft will provide security updates to its updated Edge browser for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. It is unclear whether users who pay for Extended Security Updates will receive support for longer.
Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows 7 on January 14. Now it appears that the company will continue to support its renewed Edge web browser on the outdated operating system, tech site Ghacks discovered. The company will do this until July 15, 2021. The web browser, which is based on Google’s Chromium, came out a day after Microsoft stopped updates for Windows 7.
However, Microsoft urges users to upgrade to a newer operating system: “While Edge helps keep you safe on the web, your PC can still be vulnerable to security risks.” Of course, more recent operating systems, including Windows 8 and macOS Sierra 10.12 or later, will also receive security updates for the Edge browser for longer.
The company also reports that the Internet Explorer mode in the new browser is only available to users who are part of the Extended Security Updates program due to security risks. This program allows users to pay to receive security updates for Windows 7 for longer. It is not clear whether users who purchase Extended Security Updates will also receive updates for the Edge browser on Windows 7 for longer. The program will continue until January 2023.
Microsoft Edge based on Chromium