The main culprit, according to Valve, is the built-in Chromium-based browser that Steam actually uses to render the Steam store and other bits of the UI. Chrome dropped support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 right around the same time that Microsoft ended support for the operating systems earlier this year. Versions that still work in Windows 7 and 8 will be susceptible to security bugs and, increasingly, rendering bugs and other functional problems as time goes on.
For what it's worth, when I moved from Win7 to Win10, two old programs which wouldn't run on 7 did run on 10—the original Royal Envoy game, and a calendar app I've had for ~20 years.Most of the older games can be run without any problems on Windows 10 and 11
I haven't moved to 11 yet, but 10 is very good for backwards compatibility.
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are very well funded criminals and governments out there who can and will use their computers to destroy not just the out of date computers, but even the owners' friends and relatives.That is a bit rough. What about people who play old games on older PC. Not every PC can or should run windows 10.
People that buy desktops know too much to advertise at.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.
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.Why does steam need a browser built into it?
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.I thought the Steam app was actually a custom browser. Maybe it's built off of Chromium?
I expect the main changes going forward will be keeping up with the security arms race. The general OS is in decent shape.OS hardly change between versions