Microsoft: Windows 10 will be the only OS supported on new processors

Microsoft has said that the newer processor generation will support only the latest Windows 10 OS platform.

By: Tech Desk | Published:January 18, 2016 1:25 pm
Microsoft, Microsoft Corporation, Windows 10, Windows 10 Skylake support, Windows 7 support, Microsoft processor, Windows 7 expiry, Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft Windows new processors, Windows 7 supported devices, technology, technology news Microsoft says that Windows 10 OS will soon be the only supported system on older and newer generation of processors.

Microsoft has said that the newer generation of processors will support only the latest Windows 10 OS platform. The Redmont-giant adds that as time passes it expects users and enterprises on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade to the latest OS.

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson, made the announcement in a blogpost. His post says, the company has been working with silicon partners like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm to ensure that newer processors can take full advantage of Windows 10 OS.

In the blogpost, Myerson goes on to say that, “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.”

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According to the blogpost, Skylake devices on the list will continue to support Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 till July 17, 2017.  After this 18-month support period is over, Microsoft expects consumers to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft will post a list of supported Skylake devices by next week.

Microsoft says they are “prioritising transparency with enterprises on where to find the highest reliability and best supported Windows experience: Windows 10 on any silicon, Windows 7 on the down-level silicon it was designed for, or a device on the support list.

In short, Microsoft expects not just regular consumers, but also enterprises to upgrade to Windows 10 if they want security, better performance with their systems.

For Windows 7, the security support will only be on previous generation of processors till January 14, 2020, while for Windows 8.1 the date is January 10, 2023. Several devices with older processors which are running these versions of Windows are still available on the market.

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Microsoft says that after July 2017 it will only deal with “the most critical” issues on these builds of Windows. According to the company, over 200 million people have activated Windows 10 already.

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Last week Microsoft had already announced that it will stop supporting Windows 8, older version of Internet Explorer, encouraging users to move to the latest Windows 10 OS.

With its new policy on processors, Microsoft is making it clear: enterprise or a regular customer, you need to move on to the new Windows 10 OS soon.

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    Hanuman
    Jan 18, 2016 at 3:14 pm
    "Support" as in allow only newer viruses that affect 10? Support as the old hardwares have for the older OS versions? As precarious as ever.
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      Sivakumar B
      Jan 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm
      It is the proof of a clandestine understanding between chip-makers and microsoft. While microsoft mandates that all previous Windows OS users should upgrade to Windows 10 OS, the makers of processor chips and motherboard chipsets are not giving the latest Windows 10 Drivers for chips released even 3 years before, which implies that the OS will not work in a stable manner as the Drivers are not available. This necessitates the users to discard their old PCs with newer ones which they will buy in the belief that they will be safer now. Just after 3 or 4 years, microsoft and this chipmakers will play the same dirty game and bring in something new, which the now purchased hardware will not support at all. This is their dirty game and they are minting money.
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        Sivakumar B
        Jan 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm
        It is the proof of a clandestine understanding between chip-makers and microsoft. While microsoft mandates that all previous Windows OS users should upgrade to Windows 10 OS, the makers of processor chips and motherboard chipsets are not giving the latest Windows 10 Drivers for chips released even 3 years before, which implies that the OS will not work in a stable manner as the Drivers are not available. This necessitates the users to discard their old PCs with newer ones which they will buy in the belief that they will be safer now. Just after 3 or 4 years, microsoft and these chip-makers will play the same dirty game and bring in something which is new (only in appearance), which the now purchased hardware will not (deliberately) support at all. This is their dirty game and they are minting money.
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          Pepijn Acker
          Jan 18, 2016 at 9:35 am
          One further step towards the Microsoft dictatorship...
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