It’s quite often that an enterprise will use an old version of Windows on their machines, this is due to various compatibility issues that they may face with some of their software.
However, if they are looking to buy new workstations and keep running old versions of Windows they might have a problem, this is because Microsoft has today revealed that newer processor from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will require the current version of Windows in order to get support.
This means that if you want a workstation with a new processor in it, you will have to run Windows 10, as old versions such as Windows 7 or 8 are unlikely to run properly or at all.
Microsoft has however said that some Skylake-based processors will still be supported on Windows 7 and 8.1, but only until July 17th, 2017.
After that users will be forced to upgrade to Windows 10 if they want their systems to be supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft say they are doing this to provide deeper integration between Windows and the new hardware, allowing newer PCs to get more features and access in Windows 10. But it also helps Microsoft to get companies to update Windows, which is a huge problem that Microsoft currently faces.