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Microsoft's killing Skylake support early for Windows 7 PCs, but not Windows Server

Mark Hachman | Feb. 22, 2016
Microsoft's Embedded and Server teams pursue independent support strategies for supporting Intel's Skylake chips.

With Windows Server, however, Microsoft has taken an entirely different approach. That may be because of the absolutely sensitive nature of server hardware, and the extreme reluctance to fiddle with a support policy after an enterprise has invested thousands or millions of dollars in a deployment.

For whatever reason, Microsoft’s server team issued a statement claiming that “there is no change to our current policy”:  Five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support. In other words, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will transition to extended support on January 10, 2018,  Microsoft said. 

Does that mean that users could run an older version of Windows Server instead of Windows 7? Probably not, but you could at least try.“We allow new systems to be submitted for certification up to the point when the OS transitions to extended support,” Microsoft says.

The bottom line is that it seems you’ll still be able to run Windows 7 on a Skylake machine after July 2017—you simply won’t be receiving the patches and other critical updates that your friends running older “Broadwell” machines receive. And if you’re upset by that—well, it appears that other groups within the Windows family may be sympathetic.


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