That is a bit rough. What about people who play old games on older PC. Not every PC can or should run windows 10.
They need to consider getting off the internet. Seriously. 7 doesn't get security updates now, so their machine will slowly become an open server for everyone on the planet. I'm sorry for people who can't afford to upgrade, but there are very well funded criminals and governments out there who can and will use their computers to destroy not just the out of date computers, but even the owners' friends and relatives.
MIcrosoft: Just buy a new computer that supports win 11. They probably mean a laptop since most of their advertising for OS seems to assume we all use laptops now.
People that buy desktops know too much to advertise at.
Why does steam need a browser built into it?
It vastly lowers the number of updates needed. The client part has better access to the OS and is easier to program, but Valve has to push out a new version to everyone to change anything (including rolling back bad changes). For the web parts, they just change the web pages on their own server - it takes a couple of minutes for everyone to see the changes.
They could set up the normal program part to read from databases on the Valve servers to dynamically create all the various content - but then they have essentially re-invented their own browser software.
I thought the Steam app was actually a custom browser. Maybe it's built off of Chromium?
I'm pretty sure it's both. The outer parts of the Steam client GUI are built off a normal program (in C++?), the inner part in a web browser control.
The old browser is definitely VERY old. For instance, we're supposed to be able to link to YouTube videos to add them to the Videos section for a game. We haven't been able to do that in the Steam client for years, though, because the client's browser control is so old that YouTube refuses to give it the time of day.
P.S. I wonder if this means that the Beta that recently came out
won't be releasing until Jan 1 2024?