Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jan 2016 13:27 UTC

Microsoft has detailed its support plans for new and upcoming processor generations. The general gist: all upcoming processor generations from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm will require Windows 10. Windows 8.x and Windows 7 will not be supported on these new platforms.

Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, 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.

Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.

You better be prepared for this when shopping for new hardware in the coming years.

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RE: Hello Linux
by Sauron on Sun 17th Jan 2016 17:51 UTC in reply to "Hello Linux"
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Come hell or high water, MS will make their usage numbers for Windows 10.

Not from this user they won't!
If it came to the point that the only OS you could run on any device would be Windows 10, I would go back to pen and paper and a pack of envelopes. My computers would go in the skip and my mobile phone's would follow them!
I have no interest in Windows 10 whatsoever. It stinks and sux balls! (As well as looks worse than Win 98). ;)

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