Firefox maintains support for old Windows: find out until when!

Firefox hasn’t dropped operating system support yet Windows 7 et 8.1 from Microsoft. As such, Mozilla’s browser based on the Gecko rendering engine is a notable exception, while desertion is widespread for web browsers based on Chromium, for example.

Extensions won’t last forever for Firefox on Windows 7 and 8.1, however. It is now recognized that the version 115 of Firefox will be the ultimate version of the browser to support Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Mozilla recalls that Microsoft has ended all support for these old Windows operating systems and that they are affected by known unpatched security vulnerabilities.

In the absence of official Microsoft support, Firefox maintenance for outdated operating systems becomes costly for Mozilla and dangerous for users.

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Until September 2024 with Firefox ESR

Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) is a version of Firefox intended primarily for businesses and for mass deployments. Compared to the consumer version of Firefox, the ESR version is governed by a different cycle for major updates and enjoys support for at least one year.

For Firefox 115 (ESR) on Windows 7 and 8.1, Mozilla says critical security updates will be released through the dedicated channel until September 2024.

After this date, no security updates are provided and you are strongly advised to upgrade to a version of Windows with Microsoft support.

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