24 July 2017

The Ed Bott Report: “Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs”

No one knows exactly how many Clover Trail-based devices were sold, but collectively the total from all manufacturers was probably in the millions. Analyst Ben Bajarin, who tracks PC and tablet sales closely, estimates that the total number of Clover Trail devices sold was over 10 million. Today, owners of those devices who took advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 are facing a rude shock.

The irony in this case is that Microsoft aggressively pushed the free Windows 10 upgrade offer to the owners of these devices, turning up the pressure dramatically as the July 2016 cutoff date approached. Now, less than a year later, those devices are being cut off without notice.

The bottom line: If your PC was originally designed for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and the manufacturer doesn't officially support it for Windows 10, you're at risk.

Ed Bott

I’ve been patiently waiting for my Windows tablet to receive the recent Windows 10 feature update from April, but it still hasn’t happened. I was already half suspecting it won’t be eligible because of hardware limitations, and this article reinforces this possibility. While the CPU of the Lenovo Miix 2 doesn’t technically fall into the unsupported category, it might still be excluded because of other incompatibilities, or the Spring Update might be its last Feature Update.

The CPU: one generation away from a Windows 10 Update Ban

Don’t get me wrong, I understand Microsoft’s decision and was somewhat surprised to be able to upgrade to Windows 10 in the first place. The good news is Microsoft quickly announced it will still deliver security updates to affected models for another 5 years (which is a lot by today’s standards). The bad news: those PCs will no longer benefit from other technology improvements, like upgrades to Windows Defender. Feature updates or not, the tablet will probably work fine for another couple of years, at least for the light tasks I’m using it for: emails, browsing, writing, and as a mobile PC to back-up my RAW photos during my travels.

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