Microsoft update: High tech new processors to support Windows 10 and not older versions
Microsoft is all set to dismantle support for its older Windows operating system. This is being done very consciously to promote Windows 10 and take it to a billion installation mark. There is no denying the fact that the Redmond based tech giant has set a massive target for itself and if it succeeds in ensuring 500 million Windows 10 installs this year, it will be a big achievement.
It is needless to say that the software behemoth is actually sprinting towards its target. It has already got as many as 200 million installs in just over the last few months since its launch and given its aggressive posturing crossing 500 million will not be that difficult.
The company is becoming very aggressive in forcing the people to adopt its new OS version. Microsoft has announced that after July 17, 2017, 6th generation Intel Core Skylake processors and other nextgen CPUs will no longer be supported for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Till now the company used to provide support for its old OS for several years. The company says that once the new deadline is reached, Microsoft will only release the “most critical” security patches to these now-unsupported platforms, and even then the patches will only be made available if they do not “risk the reliability or compatibility” of other systems.
Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson in a blog post denied the rumors that the company was forcing people to adopt the new OS. He said that there is nothing to stop owners of nextgen processors from installing Windows 7 or 8.1 — it just means that there will be no support from Microsoft. The company does provide some explanation for the decision, but it is likely to lead to further questions:
He went on to add, â€œAt the same time, we know many of these customers continue to rely on Windows 7 for its well understood reliability and compatibility. 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. As partners make customizations to legacy device drivers, services, and firmware settings, customers are likely to see regressions with Windows 7 ongoing servicingâ€.