DigiTimes has a doozy of a post title, stating that Intel plans to limit OS support on future processors starting with Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake CPUs. Now this sounds horrible but you may be taking the word support out of context as it refers to the support that major customers require which leads to the so called errata (pdf example), not that the processors will be incapable of running any OS but Windows 10. This may not matter so much to the average consumer but for industries and the scientific community this could result in huge costs as they would no longer be able to get fixes from Intel, unless they have upgraded to Windows 10. That upgrade comes with its own costs, the monstrous amount of time it will take for compatibility testing, application updating and implementation; not to mention licensing fees.
AMD should take note of this, focus on continued legacy support and most importantly advertising that fact. The price difference between choosing AMD over Intel could become even more compelling for these large customers and help refill AMD's coffers.
"With Intel planning to have its next-generation processors support only Windows 10, industrial PC (IPC) players are concerned that the move will dramatically increase their costs and affect market demand, according to sources from IPC players."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever @ The Register
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- Updategate: Microsoft said to be auto-creating Skype accounts in Windows 10 @ The Inquirer
- IBM triples the capacity of PCM memory, and that's a big deal @ The Inquirer
- Firefox Tops Microsoft Browser Market Share For First Time @ Slashdot
- Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory @ The Registe
- A million machines enslaved by MitM Google ad fraud botnet @ The Register
- Microsoft To License Nokia Brand To Foxconn, Says Report @ Slashdot
- Arozzi Enzo Black Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
- Error 56: Apple's iOS 9.3.2 update is borking iPad Pro tablets @ The Inquirer
- 5 Reasons To Only Use NAS-Optimised Drives In Your NAS @ Tech ARP
- ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround @ The Register