It was in January 2016 that Microsoft annaunced the horror to tech enthusiasts and hobbyists that Intel Skylake would not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 series of the operating system.
The tech community started crying on twitter, reddit, youtube, forums and other sources around the world as alot of people we happy with Microsoft Windows 7, and some happy with Windows 8. Basically installations of these operating systems would recieve reduced support of security patches after July 2017. Now Microsoft bactracked on the issue and is now promising security patches on the combination of Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Intel Skylake CPU’s.
Microsoft’s plan was to cut support for Windows 8.1 January 2018. Therefore the Intel Skylake CPU that just recent was introduced by Intel fell between 2 chairs as there are still laptops and computers being sold with this operating system. Claiming that the newly aquired Skylake CPU would not be supported after July 2017 cut the support for the new purchased PC with years from Microsoft, considering how long Windows 7 has been supported by Microsoft. Microsoft has now added extended support for both Windows 7 and 8.1 for Intel Skylake CPU’s specifically.
Further Microsoft is also very agressive trying to upgrade Windows 7 and 8, 8.1 users to Windows 10 for continous support and reports are coming in saying people are forced to upgrade and that the PC upgraded itself. This can be turned off in the upgrade configuration and set Auto-Update to off, and rather get a notification about the upgrade so you can choose when and if to upgrade.
The auto-upgrade mechanic by Microsoft has started a rage within some communities, especially in expert hobbyist areas where people logged on to a fresh Microsoft Windows 10 installation.
The PC industry with Intel has hoped that Intel Skylake CPU together with Microsoft Windows 10 would boost the sales as Skylake CPU provides faster processing with less watts consumed. Also configurations with fanless laptops are optional within the Skylake series of CPU’s.
The extended support will be from July 2017 to July 2018 for combination of Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 with Intel Skylake. After this security patches will be applied to 2020 and 2023 respectively for the two aging operating systems.