In an effort to support the latest generation processors from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm, Microsoft have revealed that in the enterprise you will need to be running Windows 10 on the new hardware soon after July 17th, 2017. For those customers wanting to remain on earlier versions of Windows, Microsoft is in the process of drafting a list of new Skylake devices that will support previous versions to assist corporate customers transition to Windows 10.
Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group writes:
“We want to help our customers prepare for their Windows 10 upgrade. To do that, we will deliver a list of specific new Skylake devices we will support to run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This approach ensures our customers can upgrade now to new devices their employees will love while preparing for a Windows 10 upgrade.”
Myerson also clarified this Windows support policy further:
- Windows 7 will get support until January 14, 2020 on the previous generation chips
- Windows 8.1 will get support until January 10, 2023 on the previous generation chips
- In July 2017, Skylake devices on the support list for Windows 7 and 8.1 will have an 18-month transition support period after which these should be upgraded to Windows 10
- After July 2017, only the most critical security updates will be released for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Skylake devices
So in a nutshell, if you are running an older generation processor, you will continue to have Windows 7/8.1 until 2020/2023. If you are running Windows 7/8.1 on a newer Skylake processor and it’s on the supported list, you will need to transition to Windows 10 within a 18-month period.