If you want a new PC with the latest CPU architecture as Intel chips Skylake, you will have to run Windows 10 and Microsoft announced today.
While this may seem a gesture without duh for consumers, businesses and IT departments every day that support now have another thing to consider when buying new equipment. You can get the latest hardware and worry about breaking their internal applications that work well on Windows 7 or 8.1, or you can purchase chipset architectures that will be older but still not always supported versions of Windows Mayor fine run .
10 Windows hero image In a blog post announcing the new policy of support, group vice president for Windows devices and Terry Myerson said the move will help Microsoft to focus on Windows 10 leaving full advantage of the latest processors.
“In the future, new generations of silicon, which will last Windows platform at this time to support are introduced,” Myerson said. “This allows us to focus on deep integration between Windows and silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of the platform and the silicon.”
Older silicon will still run Windows 7 and 8.1, including the new machines with Windows 7 support through January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 supports running until January 10, 2023.
There is a solution for those seeking a new hardware at this time who are not ready for a full upgrade to Windows 10: Microsoft This first list “is a list of new Skylake will support specific devices to run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1”. includes Dell Latitude 12 Latitude 7000 Ultrabook XPS 13 and 13; HP EliteBook Folio EliteBook 1040 G3; Lenovo ThinkPad T460s and X1 Carbon and P70 models, according to ZDNet. Other models of the line will probably be added.
But the support will last for 18 months ended July 17, 2017. After that, customers of the company should be ready to move to Windows 10.
Skylake is not the only CPU that is to see this restriction; Next silicon “Kaby Lake” Intel silicon upcoming “8996” Qualcomm silicon and future “Bristol Ridge” AMD all limited to Windows 10.
While the move is likely to add to the headaches for many IT professionals, Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is seeing healthy adoption among business users. According Myerson, 76 percent of the company’s customers are piloting Windows 10 and more than 22 million devices are running the latest operating system business and education.