In the early months of 2016, Microsoft dropped the big news that it would be pulling the plug on official support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on systems that would be using Intel’s Skylake Processors. The news was a devastating blow to the tech community as many users were considering using these systems without upgrading to Windows 10.
The company further stated that the updates would be stopped as early as 2017 which meant that if your system used Intel’s Skylake processors, you would not be eligible for updates. However, computers having older processors would still receive updates.
This was seen as another policy of Microsoft to force users to upgrade to Windows 10. The company received criticism from many tech fronts and soon decided to revise its policy. In March, the tech giant released a statement which promised additional 12 months of support to systems using Skylake processors – extending the support till 2018.
Surprisingly the company has released a statement which extends the deadline even further for systems that would be running on Skylake processors. This time, the extension goes all the way up to January 2020, for users of Windows 7, while Windows 8.1 Users will receive security and compatibility support until January 2023. The company, however, stated that after July 2017, these older versions of the operating system will receive only critical fixes and that too if the company finds them compatible.
The reasoning that Microsoft gave for such a decision was that the company is working with Intel in order to optimize Windows 10 for Intel’s latest processor series. In the long run, eventually there will be a point when rolling out the same improvements for the older versions of the operating system will become impractical. Even though the elaboration sounds fair, however, some people have been skeptical about this primarily because Windows operating system existed with exceptions such as the transition to 64-bit systems.
In case you were wondering whether future processors by Intel (Kaby Lake due in next 6 months) or AMD (upcoming processor Bristol Ridge) or Qualcomm’s processor, then the answer is no. Microsoft is sticking to its stance that the next generation of processors will only receive official support on Windows 10. The reason that Skylake processors have received support is because they were released in August, last year; a few days after the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 10 (July 29, 2015).