MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux)

ZDNet has word that Microsoft has figured out another way to strong-arm users into adopting Windows 10, saying some upcoming new CPUs will require Windows 10 (or, you know, Linux). Microsoft explains the move in this blog post which says this shows they are embracing "silicon innovation" (thanks HARDOCP). Harming their contention that this is necessary is word that certain CPUs will be allowed a grace period to run older versions of their operating system:

  • Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming “8996” silicon, and AMD’s upcoming “Bristol Ridge” silicon.
  • Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. 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.
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Simon Says wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 15:51:
LOLWUT? I spent 5 months trying to get Win10 to work, in 5 months I had to do FIVE, count'em, FIVE formats to start over from scratch because of different showstopping issues popping up. Mind you I was a PC technician, I used to fix PCs for a living, I'm not your average joe user, I know my way around an OS and I don't fret at getting my hands dirty, so to speak.

WinXP to Win7 at release date was smooth sailing, Win7 to 10 at release date was a complete NIGHTMARE.

I'm back on 7 and will be as long as I don't require DX12 and MS gets their POS OS together.

Also, if the block is in software and not in hardware, as is claimed here, you can bet people are going to release modified versions and/or tools to bypass these measures.

I spent less than a day building my new Win10 from scratch. Not a SINGLE, count'em, NOT ONE issue. I do gaming, streaming, and Java development all without issue.

You know what they say about anecdotal evidence.
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