New Hardware will Only Support Windows 10

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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We don’t have to write any specific introduction about Microsoft’s intentions to convince more users to upgrade from Windows 7/Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, because you’re probably familiar with the story. What we can do is to deliver you news about new Microsoft’s methods of forcing people to upgrade.

The latest Microsoft’s action which should make more people upgrade to Windows 10 is making some changes to its support policy. Namely, the company announced that after July 17, 2017, 6th generation of Intel Core Skylake processors and other nextgen CPUs will no longer be supported by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1!

“Compared to Windows 7 PC’s, Skylake when combined with Windows 10, enables up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life – with the unmatched security of Credential Guard utilizing silicon supported virtualization.”

Does this mean that Microsoft will cut the lifecycle of the two operating system a few years earlier? Well not exactly, as Microsoft says, the company will only release the ‘most crucial’ security patches to these platforms after July 17th, 2017, and even these patches will make their way to the users if they do not “risk the reliability or compatibility” of other systems.

Microsoft to Help Businesses to Emerge to Windows 10

Although Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will not support nextgen processors, Microsoft know that an upgrading process lasts longer for enterprises than for users. Therefore, the company and its partners have provided a ‘robust list of options’ for customers to buy the latest hardware, which is still powered by fully supported. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

“If you really value reliability and compatibility above all else, then there’s the option of buying hardware with the platform that was designed for it,” said Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson.

The list of approved Windows 10 devices that will still support Skylake processors:

  • Dell Latitude 12
  • Dell Latitude 13 7000 Ultrabook
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP EliteBook Folio
  • HP EliteBook 1040 G3
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P70

This Microsoft’s move will probably bring even more frustrations to regular Windows 7/8.1 users who still don’t want to upgrade their systems to Windows 10. But on the other hand, it is understandable that Microsoft wants to keep up with the latest technologies, and maybe the hype is too high, after all.

What do you think about this Microsoft’s move? Will it be a problem for you to run Windows 10 on your new computer? Tell us in the comments.

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