- Fortnite just released a major update
- The game offers new features for players, but not for those who are still using Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- We remind you that Microsoft has already abandoned these two operating systems.
If you play Fortnite, you probably already know that as part of the Chapter 4 Season 2 rollout, Epic Games is also releasing a major update called “Mega”. This includes many new features for players. But if you’re still using a PC running Windows 8 or Windows 7 (just in case), you won’t be affected by the update. It has long been known that the Fortnite developer will be dropping these two older versions of Windows.
And now it’s done. In a tweet, Epic indicates that as previously announced starting with Chapter 4 Season 2, players must use a PC running Windows 10 or later (Windows 11) in order to “continue to play Fortnite natively on PC in an officially supported manner.” The developer clarifies that Windows 7 and Windows 8 are no longer officially supported.
As previously announced, starting with Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season 2, players will need to be running Windows 10 or later in order to continue playing Fortnite on PC in an officially supported way. Windows 7 and 8 will not be officially supported in Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/9XwyIBATwD
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) March 7, 2023
For those who still use these two older versions of Windows, there are two options: change PC (or operating system) or use the GeForce NOW service, which allows you to play Fortnite streaming on Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Microsoft has stopped releasing two operating systems
This shouldn’t come as a surprise since even Microsoft has already dropped Windows 8 and Windows 7. The Redmond-based company ended support for Windows 7 years ago but offered a paid support extension. However, this respite is over. As for Windows 8.1, that version is outdated and Microsoft has decided not to offer paid support renewals.
Without updates from Microsoft, Windows 7 and Windows 8 become dangerous as they no longer receive security fixes. Other companies, including Google, have also abandoned these two versions of Windows. For example, Google has also stopped offering the latest versions of its Chrome browser to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
Therefore, from now on, Microsoft only offers Windows 10 and Windows 11. Moreover, the company already has a Windows 10 end-of-life calendar. It no longer offers new Windows 10 licenses for download and provides for the end of updates in 2025. In the meantime, there are already rumors about Windows 12.