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[ZDNet] Microsoft extends again support for Windows 7, 8.1 Skylake-based devices

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Instead of halting support for Skylake-based Windows 7 and 8.1 in July 2018 -- which was earlier than the normal support cut-off date for Windows 7 and 8.1 on non-Skylake devices -- Microsoft is now going to support Skylake-based devices up until the end of the previously stated support cut-off dates.

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We listened to this feedback and today are sharing an update to our 6th Gen Intel Core (Skylake) support policy.* We have extended the support period from July 17, 2018 to the end of support dates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1; and we will provide all applicable security updates.

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In other words, a full backtrack on the scare tactics after the end of the Windows 10 "free" offer period. It seems that Microsoft only backs down from completely unacceptable decisions when faced with "feedback" these days and even then only on their schedule.

Anyway, normal came back for Windows 7 and 8.1 users regarding Skylake support - all security updates will be delivered, no longer only the critical ones, until 2020 and 2023 respectively.

There is still the issue that Windows 8.1 is under mainstream support until January 9, 2018 and will not be getting support for Kaby Lake and Zen. I hope at the very least that they don't actively try to block security updates in those cases.
Edited by tpi2007 - 8/11/16 at 5:24pm
 
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So they support the Skylake 2017 version too with AVX3.1?

The 2015 version out now is only AVX2.0 capable
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Kaby Lake still doesn't get full support? Really? Why not just give Windows 7 and 8.1 users on all hardware the support that was advertised when they purchased their OS?
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Maybe because software makers are under no compulsion to support hardware that hasn't even been designed yet? An OS should only be guaranteed to work with the hardware that is available at its release and throughout its sales life, not hardware that releases 10 years later. That said, they will almost certainly continue to support all hardware until EOL as they have always done. This news kind of proves that...
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This news kind of proves that...
?
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No, M$py, don't do this, get sued in court by everyone and their grandmother instead. I can see some really pissed off people at corporations that paid to switch to 7 from XP in the past few years.

 

If I were these people I would get ready to dump Windows and go Linux only. M$py can't be trusted at all.

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No, M$py, don't do this, get sued in court by everyone and their grandmother instead. I can see some really pissed off people at corporations that paid to switch to 7 from XP in the past few years.

If I were these people I would get ready to dump Windows and go Linux only. M$py can't be trusted at all.
There is the truth, considering that they tried to cut support for new hardware for an os that is still in the mainstream support period(win8.1)... Not to mention all the backported telemetry and who knows what crap camouflaged as updates to older OS-es...
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That said, they will almost certainly continue to support all hardware until EOL as they have always done. This news kind of proves that...

Nothing is certain any more. Microsoft have already made it clear that playing with support periods is definitely on the cards.
    
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This change is designed to help our customers purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10.

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There is the truth, considering that they tried to cut support for new hardware for an os that is still in the mainstream support period(win8.1)... Not to mention all the backported telemetry and who knows what crap camouflaged as updates to older OS-es...

Yes, they deliver additional functionality when it suits them, like those telemetry updates to Windows 7 after it was already in the extended support period, but delivering security patches for Windows 8.1, which is still under mainstream support until January 9, 2018, on Kaby Lake and Zen? No, that's against their interests, so no. I'm not talking about Intel and AMD delivering some speciality driver to make some additional functionality of the new CPU work with the OS, I'm talking about this being an x86 architecture and Microsoft being perfectly able to deliver security updates to these systems and apparently they won't.

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Nothing is certain any more. Microsoft have already made it clear that playing with support periods is definitely on the cards.

Exactly. In the first decision they put the full extended support period for Skylake for both 7 and 8.1 in the same bag, by reducing it to July 2017 despite the end of their support periods originally being 3 years apart, and after that they'd only provide a subset of the critical updates, the most critical ones.

Then, following the backlash, they backtracked a little, full extended support would be until July 2018 and all critical security updates would be delivered after that, but not the other types of security updates - Important, Moderate and Low.

And now full extended support for both Windows 7 and 8.1 on Skylake has been restored to the full periods, 2020 and 2023 respectively, with all security updates being delivered.

This and the above proves that Microsoft is very willing to play with support periods.
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