An alternate viewpoint:
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The question for me is, how often is it likely that MS will be able to justify not issuing a Win7 update for newer hardware, because it will compromise older hardware?
My guess is not often, if at all. First time it happens they *WILL* be challenged on it.
I see this as a FUD campaign, aimed at finding a balance between speeding up Enterprise/Business migrating off Win7, while not killing off hardware sales for their OEM partners.
I also see it as a first step towards killing off downgrade rights.
The definitive list has been published.
MS has also updated the original announcement
@cheong: I'm not sure what Winphone has to do with this?
This announcement was about MS not guaranteeing support for Win-7/8 on Skylake (or newer) hardware, after July 2017... effectively placing a huge question-mark over downgrade rights or extended use of Win-7/8 on upgraded hardware.
This looks like another way to push Win-10, by not supporting Win-7/8 on newer hardware.
and then, on the other hand...
"Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices."
This seems to read that Win7 will only have guaranteed support on new hardware, until July-17.
Sorta smells like a move to stop Enterprise from repeating the 'buy-new-and-downgrade' pattern that saw XP remain in use for so long.