Microsoft Extends Again Support For Windows 7, 8.1 Skylake-based Devices

Microsoft says it is giving more time to users on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices running sixth generation Intel Skylake chips. Earlier the company had said that it would end support for such systems on July 17, 2018 (before that the end date was July 17, 2017). Today’s announcement further pushes the deadline, giving Windows 7 users till January 14, 2020, and Windows 8.1 users till January 2023. ZDNet adds: Today’s latest change to the Skylake support cut-off dates also applies to Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 8.1 devices. As of this latest change, supported devices running Skylake — here’s the list of PCs that qualify, along with embedded devices — will get all applicable security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 until the end of support dates for each product. What we don’t really know is why Microsoft made this latest change. Did Intel “fix” Skylake? Did customers, especially those wanting to downgrade to Windows 7, complain a lot? The official word is “This change is designed to help our customers purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10.”


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