Windows 10 Support Confusion? You're not alone!

Recently, a number of stories by prominent news organizations have been published with incorrect information about a major change to Microsoft's support for Windows 10 and other operating systems.

One news article incorrectly stated that Windows 10 would only work on the newest PC's, and incorrectly stated Microsoft would stop supporting installations of Windows 10 on older processors.

The reality is actually quite the opposite: Microsoft will stop supporting older versions of its operating systems on newer processors (in other words, they will require Windows 10 on newer processors).

Here is the story:

  • Intel is currently developing its next generation processor (or as Microsoft calls it, next generation silicon) code named Skylake.
  • Skylake and later generations of silicon (by Intel and other companies) will require Windows 10, and will not support earlier operating systems.

Confused?

Below is a summary of our understanding of the new support policy.

Refer to the Microsoft article for details. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/01/15/windows-10-embracing-silicon-innovation/

  • Windows 7
    • Supported on previous generation silicon until January 14, 2020.
    • Supported on some Skylake devices until July 17, 2017. *
  • Windows 8.1
    • Supported until January 10, 2023 on previous generation silicon.
    • Supported on some Skylake devices until July 17, 2017. *
  • Windows 10
    • Supported on newer silicon.
    • Support for existing silicon does not seem to have changed, for the moment. We base this on the following statement in the article:
      • "In clarifying this policy, we are prioritizing transparency with enterprises on where to find the highest reliability and best supported Windows experience:  Windows 10 on any silicon, Windows 7 on the down-level silicon it was designed for, or a device on the support list."

* After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.

Organizations should review this information carefully and develop plans to transition applications to Windows 10 and to newer server operating systems. Please feel to reach out to Seaside Software Solutions at info@Seaside-Soft.com if your organization needs assistance developing a transition plan, or upgrading or developing new software.