The developers of the popular Mozilla Firefox browser have announced the upcoming end of support for older operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13 and macOS 10.14. Users of these operating systems can still use the Extended Support Release (ESR) and Long-Term Support (LTS) versions of the browser for a while before support finally ends in 2024.
Firefox 115 will be the latest supported version of the browser for these operating systems and will be released in July this year. The developers point out that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and no longer wants to publish security updates for older operating systems. Because of this, Mozilla has decided to stop supporting operating systems that are not safe to use because they do not release regular security updates. The situation is similar with the three legacy versions of macOS.
According to reports, Mozilla Firefox will support ESR 115 by September 2024. This means that users of older operating system versions have enough time to update their software. Note that they cannot switch to other popular browsers since Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome have long dropped support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.