Microsoft’s new PR idiocy: New PC can only use Windows 10 (not 7 nor 8.1) – Computerworld

Microsoft made this ridiculous “clarification” to the Windows support policy. With no notice, older versions of Windows lose support on the latest PC hardware.

Yep, that’s right: Now you can’t downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 on Skylake CPUs (or later). There’s a woolly, limited get-out-of-jail-free card for a short while, but this is just the latest ludicrous Microsoft scheme to get you onto Windows 10.

The way it’s always been in the past is that enterprises could buy today’s hardware, but put their current image on it, only upgrading when it made sense. But with this move, Microsoft changes everything—and with precisely zero warning.

I’d be screaming at my MS rep if I were an IT manager. What on earth was Terry Myerson thinking? I predict another “clarification” soon, undoing this PR nightmare.


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