Microsoft has just announced they are adding a year to their windows 7 Skylake and above support times. Excerpted from The Tech Report article:
Microsoft has now updated its Skylake support policy, and saw it fit to extend the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Skylake devices. Users now have full support for their OSs until July 17, 2018. This amounts to one year added to the previously-announced cutoff date. After this date, the story is the same as before: users will only receive critical security updates for their systems until their operating systems reach the end of their extended support periods—January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1.
The company said this move was prompted by customer feedback after the initial announcement, and should help “customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10,” as well as “purchase modern hardware with confidence.”
What this really means is their primary customers, the large and medium enterprises, told Microsoft you can stuff it as we just started our hardware refresh to Windows 7 and Windows 10 isn’t happening now. Microsoft has been very Apple like in trying to force everyone on Microsoft’s terms lately. Microsoft is absolutely desperate to get everyone onto Windows 10 on the desktop and i understand why. One code base to manage and support. However, I wonder how many more of these tantrums Microsoft is going to pull before they either figure out that Windows is not required for a large majority of modern users or they simply become the blackberry of computing.