Windows 7 And 8.1 Support Extended For Skylake Processors
Previously, it was announced by Microsoft that the Windows 7 and 8.1 support would end in July 2017. Later on, this decision was altered and Windows 7 and 8.1 support was extended to July 2018. Now, it seems that Microsoft is making changes to this plan yet again and if you have a Skylake processor and you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 then you will have support till the end life of the OS.
Previous changes were made in order for people to make the change to the new Windows 10 OS. Even with this Windows 7 and 8.1 support extension, it seems like users will have to make the move to the new OS sooner or later as Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge chips will only be supported on Windows 10.
Other than this, future silicon releases will also require Windows 10 so you will not be able to make do with previous generation Windows. If you are going to buy a new generation PC then the only option you have is getting Windows 10 as your OS.
The company claims that they do have consumer concerns in mind and that they are lending a hand for consumers to buy modern hardware. Here is what the company has to say about the changes made to the Windows 7 And 8.1 support:
We recognize that, in some instances, customers have a few systems that require longer deployment timeframes. 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.
It seems like Window 10 is the only way to go in the future and I already have it. I would recommend you get well acquainted with it as well. You are going to have to make the switch sooner or later so why not do it sooner?