Microsoft pushes back Windows 7 and 8 on Skylake support cut-off date from 2017 to 2018
Microsoft is clarifying and softening a bit its stance on how long and thoroughly it will support Windows 7 and 8 users who want to run those operating systems on Intel Skylake-based devices.
By Mary Jo Foley
for All About Microsoft
| March 18, 2016 -- 17:50 GMT (10:50 PDT)
Microsoft is softening its stance on how long and how completely it will continue to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users running Skylake-based devices.
In a March 18 "Windows for IT Pros" blog post
, Microsoft officials outlined the updated terms and conditions.
Instead of cutting off full, extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Skylake on July 17, 2017, Microsoft will now guarantee full extended support to July 17, 2018
on the set list of devices it provided in February.
Microsoft also tightened up the wording as to what kinds of security updates Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get once that date comes.
"After July 2018, all critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for Skylake systems until extended support ends for Windows 7, January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023," according to today's blog post. (Again, this is only for machines on the list of Microsoft and OEM-supported devices.)