If you are considering buying a new PC, forget about running Windows 7 or 8.1 on it. Microsoft just announced a change to its support policy. From now on, latest processors from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm will require Windows 10 to get enterprise support.
You may get a bit surprised. Most of the time, it happens that PCs fall short for the new operating system, but this time the opposite is happening. Microsoft is not going to be settling in the important work necessary to make new hardware work with older versions of Windows. There is a possibility the old operating system will not work properly.
“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” Microsoft says in a blog post. “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.”
Those who are running Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PCs need not get upset as they will continue to be updated through January 14, 2020 and January 10, 2023, respectively. However, this will only work if your hardware is simultaneous with those operating systems.
Another thing is to note that, Intel’s current, sixth generation processors, known as Skylake, are the first to not support either of the older versions of Windows for the current PC owners. Both companies say that the platform and Windows 10 are designed for each other. For the important enterprise customers that are lagging behind the software or hardware updates to maintain stability, Microsoft will be maintaining a list of approved Skylake systems that are guaranteed to have Windows 7 and 8.1 supports through July 17, 2017. So the companies have 18 months of grace period to upgrade to modern hardware.
Microsoft will be able to create deep integration between Windows and the latest hardware because of the new policy. In the near future, you should see more new PCs getting more out of Windows 10. And lastly, this policy will help Microsoft to handle one of its biggest problems: getting companies to update to the latest Windows.