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Microsoft U-Turns On Skylake Windows 7 Support - Confirms All New CPUs Will Require W10
By Stuart Thomas on August 15th, 2016 at 10:00am - original article from game-debate

Remember when Microsoft said Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 would only support Intel’s Skylake CPUs until 2017, then the software giant extended support until 2018? Well forget all that because Microsoft has done an about turn and revealed it won’t be scrapping support for Skylake processors whatsoever.

A new blog update direct from Microsoft said that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14th, 2020, and January 10th, 2023, for WIndows 8.1. Meanwhile, support for “6th Gen (Skylake) Intel Core devices on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be supported with all applicable security updates until the end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.”

Apparently the changes have come about because Intel and other OEM partners have contacted Microsoft and agreed to perform security update validation testing right through until the end of the OS support dates.

The more cynical among us might suggest the timing, just after the free upgrade offer ended, is a bit suspicious. One could almost think that Microsoft made the announcement in the first place to push people into upgrading…

Talking of which, Microsoft then goes on to confirm that all Intel 7th gen (Kaby Lake) and AMD 7th gen (Bristol Ridge) chips and beyond will only be supported by Windows 10. If you want a new CPU, you need the new OS basically.

What do you make of these changes from Microsoft? Has it pushed you into a Windows 10 upgraded you’d rather not have? Let us know!