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Microsoft uses the force: You WILL upgrade to Windows 10

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Feb. 10, 2016
Like it or lump it, Microsoft is making damn sure you’re going to be running Windows 10 in the next 12 months.

Microsoft recently said you can’t get support for running Windows 7 or 8.1 on Skylake CPUs. Now, don’t ask me why anyone would want to run Windows 8.1, but really, Microsoft? Really?

Whoops! Microsoft immediately backpedaled from that claim. Now, Microsoft says some Skylake-powered PC will get Windows 7 and 8.1 support. Sort of. Kind of.

You see, even those “supported” PCs will get support only until July 17, 2017. After that date, only the “most critical” patches will be provided, and then only when they don’t “risk the reliability or compatibility” of the older editions.

In other words, Microsoft isn’t promising any real support for Windows 7 or 8.1 on Skylake after midsummer 2017. What enterprise in its right mind is going to buy PCs without a guarantee they’ll be supported?

What’s Microsoft going to do next to make sure we’re all running Windows 10 by, oh, let’s say, July 2017? Here’s my guess: Microsoft will flip GMX from pushing Windows 10 to automatically “upgrading” our Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to Windows 10.

Think I’m crazy? Tell me that again later this year.


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