Microsoft Will Not Support Next-Gen Processors On Windows 7 Or 8.1
As time goes on, even the most powerful computer will become obsolete. That being said, one of the benefits of owning a PC is that, unlike a console, PCs can be upgraded over time. However, Microsoft’s new policy throws a bit of a wrench in that long-established conventional wisdom.
In a blog post, the company warned that users with next-gen Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will have to upgrade to Windows 10. They’ve stated that moving forward, new silicon generations will require the newest Windows version to work. This allows for deep integration between the silicon and Windows. Windows 10, however, will only work on the ‘Kaby Lake’ line from Intel, the ‘Bristol Ridge’ line from AMD and ‘8996’ from Qualcomm.
To be clear, this new policy does not mean that Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and 8.1 Both operating systems will continue to receive regular updates for the next several years. However, those who want to use a next-generation processor will have to upgrade their PC to Windows 10.
Microsoft’s new policy is obviously not going to sit well with some users. After all, now, in addition to buying a new processor, you also have to pay for a new version of Windows 10.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.