Users with older computers may soon be running out of updates for Edge

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Update: Chrome users are also affected. It is a change in the Chromium project.

It has come to our knowledge that some Edge users started receiving a notification message regarding the browser's updates. When trying to install an update, Edge sent a notice that it will soon stop updating itself because the computer’s hardware is no longer supported.

One of the users reported that he received this message on a PC with Windows 10 20H2 and an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ CPU. Some users speculate that the message appeared because this CPU does not meet Chromium’s system requirements. The problem is that both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome have very vague system requirements. These browsers require a computer with Windows 7 or newer and a CPU with SSE3 support. If you look at the CPU specs, you will notice that AMD Athlon 64 3800+ fully supports SSE3 and should be running both browsers without any issues.

At this moment, this information needs to be officially confirmed. But keep in mind that your old PC may stop receiving Edge updates even if it is running the latest Windows 10 without issues. Microsoft plans to remove Edge Legacy from Windows 10 in April but there are no notices about system requirements changing. Also, Microsoft didn't mention yet any plans about dropping support for some specific hardware

Update: It is not Microsoft, but the Chromium project, which is curated by Google.

According to this document, Chrome will no longer be usable on computers with x86 processors that support SSE2 but do not support SSE3. This is expected to reduce Chrome usage on Windows by a very small amount. This means that older CPUs like Core 2 Duo won't receive browser updates. This will be noted on the help/about page.

The change will go live with Chrome 89.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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