A new report says that Microsoft has decided to extend support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on PCs that have Intel's Skylake processors. The support will now end at the same time it will stop on all other PCs.
You may remember that several months ago, Microsoft stated that certain PCs with Skylake chips that used Windows 7 or 8.1 would see full support end on July 17, 2017. After that date, the idea was for those PCs to get upgraded to Windows 10. A few months later, Microsoft extended that full support ending date by a year, to July 17, 2018.
Now, according to Petri.com those plans have changed again and now Skylake PCs with Windows 7 will see support end on January 14, 2020, with Skylake support for Windows 8.1 ending on January 10, 2023.
What happened? According to Petri's sources, Intel's buggy release of Skylake caused lots of problems with the Windows 10 team to get the OS to work well on that hardware:
The engineering effort required to bring Windows 7 and 8.1 up to speed was simply too great, I was told, and would require Microsoft to stop improving Windows 10 to make it happen. While it's not clear what has changed, the obvious suspicion is that Intel caved, and did the work to improve Skylake for Windows 7/8.1 rather than force Microsoft to do so as it had originally demanded.
While Skylake support on older Windows platforms is all set, future Intel and AMD processors such as Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge will only be supported by Windows 10 when they are launched.