Software Giant Microsoft has come up with a cunning plan to get those people who want to run Intel’s Skylake to upgrade to Windows 10. It says that it is only supporting the new CPU for another 18 months.
Vole has announced that it will cease official support for devices running Intel’s 6th generation Skylake on Windows versions from 7, all the way to 8.1. It all seems to us to be part of a cunning plan to get users to upgrade to Windows 10.
Chipzilla probably does not mind because if they upgrade they are more likely to buy Intel chips, although if they have just splashed out on Skylake chips they are not going to want a new one for a while
Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said said that Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SOCs existed.
“For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7’s expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states- which is challenging for WiFi, graphics, security, and more,” he claimed.
“As partners make customizations to legacy device drivers, services, and firmware settings, customers are likely to see regressions with Windows 7 ongoing servicing.”
Myerson said that Windows 10 works rather well with Skylake chips, though it’s mostly geared towards mobile and laptops, flaunting battery life savings and graphical performance increases.
To be fair the chances of someone running an Intel Skylake chip and using Windows 7,8, or 8.1 are slim but it is possible that corporate PCs/notebooks are only supported on Windows 7 because that is what the company runs.
Microsoft said it will publish a list of devices running Skylake and Windows 7/8/8.1 that will be exempted from this rule and will instead remain supported through July 2017.
What we do not really understand is why Microsoft is so obessed with getting people to upgrade. With its nagware and other strategies it is really hacking people off and does not seem to care.