Yes, you read that headline right. Even though Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 continue to get support from the company, future CPUs with 6th generation Intel Skylake processors will demand Windows 10. Read on to know why.
Microsoft has changed its support policy. According to the new policy, new 6th generation processors from Intel, Qualcomm and AMD will be compatible only with Microsoft’s Windows 10. Speaking about the upcoming processors and their support system, Microsoft in its blog post wrote, “Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support.”
The post also mentioned, “Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon.” Should you uninstall Microsoft Windows 7 and download Windows 10 right away?
It is not a requirement; at least, not at this point of time. But if you are planning to get a new PC with 6th gen Intel Skylake processor then it is better to upgrade Windows 10 and get used to the system. Hanging on to Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 is anyways not going to pay in the long run. Microsoft will release updates for these operating systems as well, but still, the advice is not to rely on support the company is offering to the old Windows. Microsoft has already said that Windows 7 is a security threat, and whoever continues to use it should do so at his/her own risk.
Are you willing to give up Microsoft Windows 7 and download Windows 10? If yes, remember that the free Windows 10 upgrade is still available. Once the promotional period ends, you will have to buy it.