Support for using a computer with a 32-bit Windows operating system is decreasing. This week, online gaming messaging service Discord announced that it will end support for running its Windows app client on 32-bit Windows operating systems on December 1, 2023.
B Support postDiscord stated:
To continue to receive updates and support for your Discord client, you must upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows after this date.
The support post added that while the app may still offer “basic functionality” on 32-bit Windows operating systems after December 1, its continued functionality and stability is “not guaranteed” as it will no longer receive updates.
Older Windows 32-bit users can still access Discord through web browsers if they encounter The minimum requirements of the service.
In May 2020, Microsoft announced that it would no longer offer 32-bit Windows operating systems to PC OEMs. Since then, these companies have shipped PCs with 64-bit versions of Windows pre-installed.
Other apps and even games have stopped 32-bit support, including Valve’s Dota 2 in September 2021. AMD and NVIDIA discontinued their GPU driver support for 32-bit systems back in 2018.
The fact that Discord is only now ending 32-bit support for its Windows app shows that many of its users continued to use older operating systems.
Meanwhile, Discord continues to update its service with new platforms and new features. Discord voice support was added to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Series X|S consoles in September 2022 and the same feature was added to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console in March 2023.
Last month, Microsoft released a feature update for Xbox that added, among other things, support for video streaming of games to Discord channels. Discord also hinted that more features are in development for Xbox console players.