New processors from Microsoft will work only with Windows 10
Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Jan 18, 2016 Last Updated at 4:00 PM IST.
Very soon you won’t be able to buy PCs that will support Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft has announced its plans for an updated support policy. And according to the new policy, people with PCs running on new processors will have to use Windows 10. No other option!
Usually old PCs fall short of compatibility, but here we will be seeing the reverse trend. Microsoft isn’t ready to make its developers work for making new processors work with older OSs.
Microsoft said in a blog post, “”Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon.”
Microsoft further announced that the Windows 7 and 8 will be supported till 14th January, 2020 and 10th January, 2023 respectively. Skylake from Intel will be the first to support only and only Windows 10.
Microsoft will maintain a ‘list of approved Skylake systems’ that will have Windows 7 and 8.1 support. But, this is for the company’s important enterprise customers. This way Microsoft will give its enterprise customers a grace period of 18 months to commit to Windows 10. Once the grace period ends, “the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.”
But the policy is sure to make Microsoft’s hardware partners happy! Microsoft calls Windows 10 as the “final” version. It is now a service and not a product.