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Microsoft, OEMs supply lists of Skylake PCs that will receive Windows 7 and 8.1 support

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 26, 2016
Almost 190 devices from Lenovo, Dell, HP and NEC will get Windows 7/8.1 security updates until July 2017.

Before Microsoft and the OEMs released the lists, Steve Kleynhans, a Gartner analyst who focuses on Windows in the enterprise, acknowledged that the support policy changes would raise eyebrows -- and generate questions -- from Microsoft's commercial customers.

"We expect to hear from clients at some point, once they really have a chance to think through the implications," said Kleynhans in an interview a week ago. Reaction, Kleynhans said, would depend on how comprehensive the exempt lists were. "If it's just one or two devices from each OEM, that's not enough," he said.

Based on the device lists that were published, Microsoft and its partners will offer far more choices than Kleynhans' unacceptable basement number.


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