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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

Win7 and Win8.1 will have support to end of life

     
5:53 pm on Aug 12, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has backed down on its plan to hustle owners of certain PCs to Windows 10 by crimping support options.

Redmond revealed the plan last January, when it decreed that PCs running 6th-generation Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs and Windows 7 would only get limited security and stability support until mid-2017. By March it backed off a little, extending support for another year and promising critical patches would flow until end of life.

On Thursday US time it gave up and extended full support until the operating systems' planned end of life.

Microsoft's explanation is that while “Enterprise customers are moving to Windows 10 faster than any version of Windows … we recognize that, in some instances, customers have a few systems that require longer deployment timeframes.”

[theregister.co.uk...]

Businesses flat told MS they would buy new machines when they wanted, not when MS wanted them to.

Support for Win7 runs to 2020, Win8.1 runts to 2023
1:35 pm on Aug 22, 2016 (gmt 0)

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That's exactly as it should be, end of life support. I can understand them not supporting it if nobody is using it, but these are bigger businesses, and at leas they have some clout. Microsoft wouldn't listen to SMB or end users on their own.
 

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