The presentation of the seventh generation of Intel Core processors took place yesterday, and we finally know all the details of the new family Kaby Lake and the first micros that integrated. What we did not know is an important detail and you could probably generate much debate.
This is Intel’s decision not to give official support to another operating system other than Windows 10 on these processors. Microsoft already anticipated earlier this year, and now both Intel and AMD have commented that confirm this news. What happens if you want to install or use Windows 7/8 / 8.1 on your teams with new Kaby Lake? Nobody knows yet.
Microsoft already warned
Earlier this year Microsoft explained how its intention was to try to work much more closely with chip manufacturers to make Windows 10 best behaved. In a post on its official blog, its leaders explained the following:
Windows 10 is the only Windows platform supported in the next generation “Kaby Lake” Intel, the next generation “8996” of Qualcomm, and the next generation “Bristol Ridge” AMD.
Following the presentation of Intel this week, PC World wanted to ask those responsible for Microsoft if those statements January remained. A company representative explained, “as new generations of silicon are presented, they will need the latest version of the Windows platform at that time to be supported”. The representative explained that allows “greater integration between Windows and silicon”, which leaves unclear the future of other versions of Windows with Intel Kaby Lake and also with Zen AMD.
AMD and Intel seem to confirm that exclusive support for Windows 10
The responsible for AMD in the United States indicated that the roadmap of processors is “fully aligned with Microsoft software strategy.” We have contacted those responsible for company communication in our country and they have told us that that the official message, so confirmation of that exclusive Zen AMD support in Windows 10 seems complete.
Regarding Intel, another representative confirmed that “No, Intel will not update drivers for Windows 7/8 of the 7th generation Intel Core (Kaby Lake) by changing Microsoft support policy”. We have also contacted Intel, and those responsible have not been able to confirm this information now or expand, so we have to rely on the statements of Intel in the United States.
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It is impossible to know what will happen with users who want to combine Kaby Lake Intel or AMD processors Zen previous versions of Windows because currently there is practically no access to these micros or teams that integrate AMD in the case of Zen, its micros not They will begin to be available until early next year Viennese.
It is likely that these computers operate and achieve start with those earlier versions of Windows, but without any specific drivers Intel or AMD for these operating systems also are likely to conflicts and problems may arise stability that could compromise the user experience both the operating system and by applications.
Linux always to the rescue, what about Apple?
It is likely that most teams that integrate Intel or AMD Zen Kaby Lake are desktop PCs, laptops and convertibles start arriving in the coming months, and those teams seems clear that Windows 10 will come preinstalled.
Only certain segment of users is dedicated to mount their own PCs, and will be in those cases where there might be a problem if those users update their equipment and change the processor but as always keep their operating systems. In the case of older Windows systems combined with the result it could be problematic , but those users have an additional alternative.
It is, of course, of Linux, which has spent months preparing for the support Kaby Lake processors. Back in March appeared kernel Linux 4.5, and support for this family and for others as NVIDIA Tegra X1 / Jetson TX1 was added.
It seems that so Linux users can enjoy Kaby Lake (and Zen in the future) without problems, but what Apple users? The Cupertino firm has not commented about it, but if the rumors are true all points to a major renovation of equipment with Kaby Lake next October.
Will these users also need the latest version of macOS to enjoy their computers? It is likely, but in this case the problem is not as serious as the adoption of the latest versions of Apple’s operating system is usually very fast. Still, we have to wait to confirm what happens to one of the most disturbing decisions in recent years in terms of processors.