Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Jul 2017 20:52 UTC

Microsoft finally broke its silence on the status of devices built on the Intel Clover Trail CPU family.

Owners of those devices who had taken advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer discovered recently that those PCs were unable to upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April 2017 and now rolling out widely to the installed base of Windows 10 PCs.

In an e-mailed statement, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed today that no software fix is on the way. But in a major shift in its "Windows as a Service" policy, Microsoft agreed to continue delivering security updates to those devices for another six years. Under the existing policy, those security updates would have ended in early 2018.

Support for hardware has to end at some point, but this seems rather crude.

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by Kroc on Fri 21st Jul 2017 11:17 UTC
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This is because Microsoft & Apple provide no end-of-life policy beyond "bit-rot and malware" because they do not separate feature upgrades from security patches.

This is never going to change until laws mandate that a product must be supported for 'n' number of years (hopefully at least 6) and that's never going to change until we get the malware apocalypse with all these outdated phones, devices and even cars now.

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