After a recent reveal of Intel’s latest mobile chips, word has come out that both Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Zen CPU’s will only officially support Windows 10 according to a mutual deal with Microsoft. Now to clarify, this only deals with Windows OS specifically, so don’t worry if you’re the Linux type.
Microsoft has been making a hard push to eliminate everything from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Windows 7 had been set for a support end back in 2015; though it’s on an extended lease until 2020 to give enterprises time to upgrade. This means that while older OS’s might still work on the new chips there will be no official support from either MS, AMD, or Intel. Despite a minority outcry (as usual), the top dogs of the tech world have decided that Windows 10 is top priority for support, and won’t bother wasting anymore resources on an OS that’s being actively phased out of market share.
The idea here is that focused support will mean less driver problems for everyone, better security, and better integrated performance features with the Windows 10 OS. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to the latest and greatest commercial tech, now’s a good time to lay the beloved Win 7 to rest gracefully.