Windows 10 enthusiasts will have to get the latest chips if they want to install and use this operating system on their PCs, Microsoft has announced.
This news, will for sure, come as a surprise to many, who were hoping to get this new OS on their devices. On the other hand, the same company has also announced that the latest chips will not be able to accommodate the older Windows operating system.
According to the company’s executive VP Terry Myerson, the introduction of a new generation of silicon means that the latest Windows platform is needed for effective compatibility. What Myerson means is that you will not be able to run Windows 7 on the latest 6th Gen Intel Core “Skylake” chips currently shipping with today’s systems. To be rather more vivid, all future chips will only work with Windows 10, among them Kaby Lake from Intel, Qualcomm’s 8996 and AMD’s Bristol Ridge.
Windows 10 is nearly a decade old
Windows 10 is almost a decade old and according to Microsoft, the underlying “legacy” code is becoming too cumbersome to keep supporting with respect to newer chips. He notes that any attempts to redesign Windows 7, just so as to embrace new silicon generations would lead to a churn in the OS’s code base. In short, it means that it’s kind of difficult to update older Windows versions with respect to the latest chip technology.
The good news here is that the change in policy won’t be applicable until July 17, 2017. Until this date, those with PCs using the Skylake chip from Intel can keep getting support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (support for Windows 8 was discontinued on Jan 12, 2016) from Microsoft. But the Redmond Company has warned that this support will only continue if these PCs are upgraded to Windows 10.
Still, the users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to receive the most critical security updates on these systems, the Windows OS maker added.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will still be supported on older chips
There is nothing to worry about if you are still using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on PCs with older AMD or Intel chips. Microsoft will still be providing security, reliability and compatibility updates until January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and the January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1.
According to Myerson, this group includes a good number of devices available for current purchase for both consumers and businesses.
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