Microsoft makes massive u-turn on support for Windows 7 and 8.1

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Microsoft has announced that it is to reverse its decision to prematurely end support for Windows 7 and 8.1 for devices running Intel Skylake chips.

Earlier this year, Microsoft said support for Windows 7 and 8.1 would end on 17 July 2017. In March, the Redmond company then extended that date by one year to 17 July 18.

However, earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it would now be pushing that date further still, with support for Windows 7 now ending on 14 January 2020, while support for Windows 8.1 has been extended by four and a half years to 14 January 2023.

In a blog post, Microsoft said: “Enterprise customers are moving to Windows 10 faster than any version of Windows. At the same time, we recognize that, in some instances, customers have a few systems that require longer deployment timeframes. We listened to this feedback and today are sharing an update to our 6th Gen Intel Core (Skylake) support policy.”

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

The announcement could be a hint that users have been in no rush to upgrade to Windows 10 and comes just a few weeks after Microsoft admitted it will fall way short of its target of getting the latest version of its operating system onto one billion devices within three years of its launch.

The most recent stats from Microsoft reveal that Windows 10 has been installed on around 350 million devices worldwide.

However, this figure was released before the company’s aggressive push to get users to upgrade to Windows and before the promotional offer of a free upgrade ended on July 29.

A full list of supported Skylake devices can be found here.

On August 9, Microsoft began rolling out its blockbuster Anniversary Update for Windows 10.

However, some users have already reported problems after installing the update.

RELATED: Avast users: DO NOT install the Windows 10 Anniversary update just yet

 

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