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Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows XP is now completely unsupported in all facets, so generally the company is required to put more resources into its newer offerings. This is partly the reason for the move, but it’s also a ploy to make Windows 10 its flagship OS.
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“We are committed to helping our customers embrace the latest innovation, enabled by the significant leap forward in silicon innovation combined with Windows 10, and delivered on incredible hardware,” notes Terry Myerson, Windows’ executive VP on the Windows Blog.
Myerson was also quick to point out that Windows 7 and Windows 8 isn’t part of the company’s future plans beyond the second half of 2016 for Intel, AMD and Qualcomm chipsets. It will however only support some chipsets, as listed by PCWorld.
“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” he remarks. “Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming “8996” [Snapdragon 820] silicon, and AMD’s upcoming “Bristol Ridge” silicon.”
While the company may not actively support these OSes beyond the date specified, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these OSes won’t run with PCs using these chipsets. With that said, it is a lot less secure.