It has been some time since news of Microsoft stopping its support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on new machines started doing the rounds. And yes, it is true. The 6th gen Intel Skylake processors will be compatible only with Windows 10. So if you plan to run any of the old operating systems on machines with new processors, you will be putting your system in danger.
Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming CPUs powered by 6th generation Intel Skylake processors will support only Windows 10. To promote its latest OS, a Microsoft executive has called Windows 7 a security risk. This is exactly what he said,
“We do worry when people are running an operating system that’s 10 years old that the next printer they buy isn’t going to work well, or they buy a new game, they buy Fallout 4, a very popular game, and it doesn’t work on a bunch of older machines. And so, as we are pushing our ISV [Independent Software Vendor] and hardware partners to build great new stuff that takes advantage of Windows 10 that obviously makes the old stuff really bad and not to mention viruses and security problems.”
Taking the same strategy forward, Microsoft has decided to concentrate only on Windows 10 systems and provide limited support to Windows 7 and Windows 8 laptops/desktops. The good news is that Microsoft is not completely pulling support for Windows 8 and 7. In its blog post, Microsoft said, “Windows 7 will continue to be supported for security, reliability, and compatibility through January 14, 2020 on previous generation silicon. Windows 8.1 will receive the same support through January 10, 2023. This includes most of the devices available for purchase today by consumers or enterprises.”
It is a known fact that Microsoft wants to kill its old operating systems. But yes, it is difficult to do it instantly. With Intel Skylake processors, Microsoft is taking baby steps towards killing Windows 7 machines. The company has also been criticized for pushing Windows 10 upgrade through constant notifications. Now if all of a sudden Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 or Windows 8, it will only add to people’s frustration and annoyance. To avoid this, it has no other option than to keep offering old OS to users. In the meantime, Microsoft will continue to instill fear unto users who have still not switched to Windows 10. Let us see what is next in line for Windows users, and if Microsoft really allows them to use these operating systems.