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Microsoft: Future processors will only work with Windows 10


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Microsoft has suggested that future processors from the likes of Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm will only work with Windows 10.

Pretty soon, your choice of Windows OS could be hard-wired into the very PC hardware you buy. Microsoft recently updated its support policy to outline the effect that forthcoming silicon innovations will have on Windows users.

It seems future chips from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm will not work with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

"Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support," says Microsoft.

"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," it adds.

According to Microsoft, such a move enables it "to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon."

Windows 7 and Windows 8 will continue to be supported and updated by Microsoft for many years yet, but they will only be able to operate on currently available hardware. The next wave of laptops and PCs simply won't be capable of running these older operating systems, it seems.

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In fact, Intel's sixth generation Skylake processors are the first to make this Windows 10-exclusive move, so the accelerated obsolescence of Microsoft's older operating systems has already begun.

Is this Microsoft's most aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push yet?

Dead Words

January 18, 2016, 4:27 pm

I think it makes sense. No one should be releasing Android devices running KitKat.


January 18, 2016, 6:27 pm

Aggressive yes, but everything has built in obsolescence wherever you look. Smartphones are generally worse than this when it comes to being ditched at the next round of OS updates - both droid and iOS have dropped devices barely 5 years old. In fact a lot of droid phones are obsolete the moment they hit the shelves thanks to zero support for OS updates after being released and stupid hardware choices preventing any updates.


January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

How much is MS paying Intel for this? Or is it a case of you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours?


January 19, 2016, 4:48 pm

in that case I keep my old shity xeon 4650 and w7 for the next 10 years


January 23, 2016, 11:10 am

What happened to choice? Sad times. No wonder the PC market is if not on its knees, certainly in terminal decline. It didn't have to be, that's for sure. Consumers aren't stupid.

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