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Microsoft backtracks on Windows 7 support deadline

Gregg Keizer | March 21, 2016
Extends support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Skylake-powered PCs by one year, to July 2018.

"They got both direct and indirect feedback on this," said Wes Miller, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft. "The feedback from Lenovo, for example, spoke volumes."

Miller was referring to comments a Lenovo executive made last week during a call with partners. As reported by, Adrienne Mueller, Lenovo's North America ThinkPad product manager, said Microsoft should back off the 18-month deadline of July 2017.

"The thought here is that Microsoft is really just pushing customers to move to Windows 10," Mueller said. "A lot of reactions from our customers ... is, 'Can we influence Microsoft and tell them they're not ready to transition and try to get them to prolong support on that?' We've tried, and Microsoft's not really willing to do that."

Microsoft is now.

"This is good news," Miller said. "Businesses needed more of a runway to really say, 'Here's our phase-out of Windows 7, and our phase-in of Windows 10.'"

Some parts of Microsoft's revamped Windows 7 and 8.1 support policies did not change today: Microsoft still expects customers to upgrade their Skylake PCs Windows 10 by the new deadline, and the declaration that post-Skylake silicon will support only Windows 10 remained intact.


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