Having put so much time into developing Windows 10 it’s not surprising that Microsoft would be looking to focus more on its goal of getting it on one billion devices and keeping up with its maintenance. Microsoft plans to pull support for Windows 7 and 8 much earlier for newer PCs. This means owners coming in with newer PCs that use the latest versions of major processors are going to be using Windows 10.
This new policy will kick off with Intel’s current wave of processors. The company pointed out that performance was much better with the combination of Skylake and Windows 10 as opposed to Skylake and Windows 7. By focusing primarily on how the latest OS works with the latest processors Microsoft would be able to accelerate the time features and fixes get out as opposed to making sure old OS version are fitted to new processors.
This doesn’t mean that older OS are just going to be put out to pasture, but users will have to consider that the combination of an older OS and newer hardware might not work completely and they might be stuck hoping they can get in on a new OS with minimum requirements.
Also note that this is with PCs that are packing AMD, Qualcomm, and Intel’s upcoming processors. There could still be PC released around the time those processors come out that will work perfectly with Windows 7 and 8. If the OS and hardware are compatible—even with an older OS—users will continue to get updates into the earlier portion of the next decade.
As for Enterprise users, there’s an 18-month period in place where they will have to upgrade hardware. There will be a few systems that work with Intel’s Skylake that will have support into July 2017. Following that period companies will only see important updates—granted the update doesn’t compromise stability. Microsoft will release a list of Skylake devices it will continue to support for Windows 7 and 8.