Full support for Skylake processors, and all new integrated technologies, was thus guaranteed only by Windows 10, leaving the door open to potential malfunctions of the Intel Skylake platforms on previous operating systems: optimal performance, lack of support for certain technologies, etc.
Microsoft changed its mind in March, extending the term of full support by one year, bringing it to July 17, 2018. Today the company has retraced its steps and has decided to fully support Skylake platforms up to January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1.
Previously, these dates only applied to security fixes - critical at first and then any level of threat - while now the company intends that operating systems will receive any type of platform update. These dates and modus operands also apply to the embedded versions of Windows.
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At the moment it is not clear why Microsoft has implemented this umpteenth change of course: grievances from the enterprise world and from users? Officially, "this change was designed to help our customers confidently buy new hardware as we continue to manage their migration to Windows 10."
"All of this is made possible thanks to the strong partnership with our OEMs and Intel who will take care of the update validation test security and not for 7th Generation Intel Core systems on Windows 8.1 and XNUMX until the end of the support dates. "
The new decision of the Redmond house does not affect the upcoming devices based on the seventh generation of Intel Core CPU (Kaby Lake) or the AMD Bristol Ridge and Qualcomm 8996 solutions: as previously announced, Windows 10 remains the only fully supported Microsoft platform .
Microsoft: full support for Skylake PCs with Windows 7 and 8.1