Microsoft has made an official announcement this week stating that all future computing hardware will be Windows 10 only. This clearly means that all those computing hardware makers who wish to get Microsoft OS and software support in future will have to design and offer their hardware in such a way that it can/will be supported by Windows 10 only.
Announcing to the world that all Intel Skylake buyers should switch to Microsoft’s Windows 10 within next 18 months, the Redmond giant hinted that it has started the campaign to push its Windows 10 OS to over 1 billion devices on a serious note.
According to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, Windows 7 and 8.1 were designed long before modern x86 SoCs were built. Now, the company is finding it difficult to build Win 7 & 8.1 support drivers for modern x86 SoCs. For this reason, the company has decided to go for a new policy.
The new policy of Microsoft states that all those computing hardware makers like Intel and AMD should make their products in support with latest architecture of Windows 10 from this year.
At the same time, the company has promised to release a list of Skylake processors early next week. The list will disclose the facts like which Intel Skylake products from specific OEMs will be supported by Windows 7 and 8.1 for next 18 months.
Industry analysts feel that the latest revelation of Microsoft can send jitters to those who are not showing any interest in migrating to Microsoft.
In future the company may only support the computing hardware which was manufactured last year. But if a user needs to upgrade to new hardware (manufactured this year- like processors, RAM, motherboards), then he/she should upgrade to Windows 10 in order to get the OS support for new hardware.
Thus, the latest “support” update clearly indicates that all those who are still clinging to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 must and should go for a free upgrade to Win 10 by mid 2016.
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