On January 10th, Microsoft will stop providing technical support and security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The last version of Microsoft Edge will be launched one week from now.

There are other major browsers that don't use Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer be supported by Chrome on February 7th. Both browsers will still work on these devices, but they won't get any security updates or new features. The tool that allows developers to put web-based content into their apps will no longer be supported on January 10th.

The deadline next week leaves little time for the owners of machines still running Windows 7 to upgrade their devices or face the security risks that come with using an outdated operating system and browser. A survey of 27 million Windows devices done by Lansweeper found that more PCs were running either Windows 7 or 8 than Windows 11.

The end of support for Windows 7 was announced by Microsoft. Those who paid for an extra three years of security patches are the only ones still getting updates.

It's a good time to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 if you own a Windows 7 or 8.1 device. Microsoft recommends replacing the device before January 10th if it isn't possible.