Microsoft to support a list of Skylake PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 until July 2017

Microsoft to support a list of Skylake PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 until

Microsoft is creating a transitional list of personal computers that have been built on the latest Intel Skylake hardware, but certified to run the tried and tested Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating system for time being.

Microsoft said that their new scheme acknowledges the fact that the businesses have a hardware budget. Moving a company from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can take many years. Therefore, running an older OS on the latest hardware is for them a ‘customer-first’ approach to the transition.

As said that the scheme will not last long, Microsoft will support the list of Skylake PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 for only 18 months, until July 2017. This much support holds a great important as running an aged OS on cutting-edge hardware needs finesse.

It shall be noted that all the new personal computers based on the to-be launched chips- Intel’s Kaby Lake, Qualcomm’s 8996 chips, or AMD’s Bristol Ridge- will require Windows 10.

Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 was done with an aim that businesses should adopt the new OS and it seems that the campaign has turned out to be success with 200 million devices running on Windows 10.

More than 55% of the world’s PCs run Windows 7 as businesses think it to be the stable operating system. Microsoft is patient as it knows eventually the migration will take place. Experts said that though adoption of Windows 10 is slow, businesses have been embracing it. Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research, said that businesses are showing interest.

Microsoft has affirmed that it has been putting in its best efforts to close the gap between users’ enthusiasm for new hardware with their attachment to old software. “What we wanted to address...was that customers are buying new hardware every day”, said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.


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