Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Ropes In Intel, AMD, And Qualcomm To Force Upgrade To Windows 10
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) wants you to switch quickly to Windows 10 from whatever Windows flavor you are currently using. To accelerate that switch, the company has agreed with chipmakers Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) to make their future chips only compatible with Windows 10. The move is aimed at transitioning millions or possibly billions of Windows users to the new Windows 10, which Microsoft is presently serving out free of charge.
If there were doubts about how Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) would reach 1 billion devices with Windows 10 in the next two to three years, wonder no more. The company has come up with a clever strategy to almost force people to upgrade to Windows 10 even if they intended to lag behind with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows XP.
The strategy is that anyone who acquires a hardware system with the next-generation chips from Intel, Qualcomm and AMD will only have the option to run Windows 10 on it. Put differently, it will not be possible to run Windows 8 or earlier versions of Windows on systems powered by Intel’s 6th generation Skylake processor and future processors from Intel, Qualcomm and others.
Special consideration for enterprises
The only exception is for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s corporate customers. For the corporates, a select lineup of hardware running on the latest chips will still support Windows 7 and Windows 8, but up to a certain period – July 2017. After the expiration of the window of opportunity to continue running older versions of Windows on new systems, even enterprise customers will require Windows 10 going forward.
Support for Windows 7 and 8
The fact that new systems will not accept older versions of Windows doesn’t mean that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is ending their support immediately. The company will continue to support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8 until 2023. Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP.
Last major Windows upgrade?
Windows 10 is speculation to be the latest major Windows upgrade. The OS is designed to support multiple device form factors from desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is initially offering Windows 10 free of charge to customers presently using Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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