“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support… Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon”
This means that all personal computers that will have Intel’s new 6th-generation CPUs for example will be affected by this decision as Microsoft announced it will start to phase the new policy. While the changes seem a little drastic this is all part of Microsoft’s strategy to get everyone on the Windows 10. Enterprise customers will receive special treatment as Microsoft announced it will offer support for a period of 18 months, time during which the company will publish “a list of specific new Skylake devices we will support to run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1”. This just helps enterprise customers ensure that they buy the right hardware for older Windows operating system versions.