Microsoft extends support for older Windows versions on Skylake


— 4:33 PM on March 18, 2016

There was a bit of hubbub a little while ago about support for older versions of Windows on computers with Skylake CPUs. Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10 would be the only version supported on Skylake systems for the full duration of its support period. Users still running Windows 7 or 8.1 would have had until July 17, 2017, or roughly a year and a half, to move to Windows 10. After that period, older versions of Windows running on Skylake CPUs would only receive critical security updates.

Microsoft has now updated its Skylake support policy, and saw it fit to extend the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Skylake devices. Users now have full support for their OSs until July 17, 2018. This amounts to one year added to the previously-announced cutoff date. After this date, the story is the same as before: users will only receive critical security updates for their systems until their operating systems reach the end of their extended support periods—January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1.

The company said this move was prompted by customer feedback after the initial announcement, and should help "customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10," as well as "purchase modern hardware with confidence."

 
   
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