Firefox may soon stop working on your PC if you have that software
Firefox users have been urged to update their version of Windows as soon as possible.
The company has said that the current version of the Firefox browser will be the last to work properly with some of the most popular Microsoft versions in use today.
Firefox 52 is the most advanced version of the browser to date, with several new improvements and upgrades, but there is one crucial caveat.
Firefox 52 is available to download now
That’s because Firefox 52 will be the last version to support Windows XP and Vista.
Going forward, anyone who wants to use the Firefox browser will need to have a device running at least Windows 7 or above.
Firefox says it will keep Firefox 52 updated with security fixes for a little while longer, meaning users won’t be left high and dry just yet.
But overall, Firefox will go down the same path as Google Chrome, which will also only work on newer versions of windows.
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Given that Windows XP, which was released back in 2001, has not received support from Microsoft since April 2014, it may not be too much of a surprise that companies such as Firefox are also pulling their backing.
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However Microsoft’s venerable software still enjoys a sizeable following for some reason, with the latest figures from Netmarketshare showing that 8.45 per cent of all desktop PCs across the world currently run the software.
Fortunately Windows Vista does not enjoy such popularity, only running on 0.78 per cent of PCs, but Firefox’s news may finally persuade some users to upgrade.
Microsoft is hard at work on the next version of Windows 10 now, with the Creators Update upgrade set for release next month.
This will then be followed by another all-new version, codenamed Redstone 3, later this year.
The company says that over 500 million Windows 10 installs have been completed since the software was released in July 2015.
However this still only adds up to just over a quarter of all PC devices across the world, with Windows 7 still leading the way with 48.41 per cent of total installs.