Valve explained that the latest Steam features depend on a version of Google Chrome that isn't updated on older Windows versions.
Valve has announced that Steam will stop supporting the Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems.
Starting from January 1, 2024, the Steam application will cease functioning on the Windows editions mentioned earlier. In order to reach their game collection, users must install a more up-to-date version of Windows.
The company explained that the reason behind this decision is that the newest Steam features rely on an incorporated edition of the Google Chrome web browser that doesn't get updated on previous versions of Windows.
"The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows," the announcement reads. "In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 10 and above."
According to Steam's own statistics, just 0.09% of users employ Windows 7, with 1.43% using the 64-bit version. Windows 8.1 is also less than half a percent.
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