The world’s most popular operating system firm Microsoft shook every computer owner when it made an announcement regarding supportability of older operating systems on new PC. With this announcement, Microsoft’s traditional ten-year operating system support policy has changed.
“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest windows platform at that time for support” quoted Microsoft in its official blog post.
It further stated, “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”. The step taken by Microsoft portrays that the company is trying to push customers to use windows 10 operating system.
According to the new policy, the latest and upcoming chipsets will not support windows 7 and windows 8.1 operating systems but the chipsets that are older than Intel’s latest sixth Generation ‘ Skylake series’ will continue to get windows 7 support till 2020 and windows 8.1 support till 2023. Microsoft will also provide a guaranteed windows 7 and windows 8.1 support for selected Skylake systems for a ‘Grace Time’ of 18 months. Microsoft is especially providing the Grace Time support for the enterprise customers who often upgrade the hardware but use old operating system.
Companies and Consumers can still buy older chipsets like Broadwell that are widely available in the market. Such chipsets will still get windows 7 and windows 8.1 support. The response of customers towards the new policy of Microsoft is not much positive as the firm is indirectly forcing them to switch over windows 10.
The new support policy is beneficial for Microsoft’s Hardware Partners, as they do not have to spend resources on expensive updates to support the old operating system on new chipsets. The new policy will be affecting those individuals who are planning to upgrade their old PC, as now they will have to spend extra bucks for windows 10.