- Oct 23, 2014
It means they don't have to worry about testing to see if the OS works on older machines. And if it doesn't, they don't have to spend resources trying to fix it. Take the issue with W11 and Ryzen chips. It causes a slowdown. Now, because those chips are supported, MS is working on a fix. If that slowdown occurred with older gen intels, then MS can simply wash its hands and say, "It's not our problem."@OlyAR15 but what does Microsoft "supporting" hardware X mean anyway? When has there ever been an 'old CPU' problem on Windows aside from the hard limit in Win8.1? IMO the only code that MS has gone by historically is that if their updates broke functionality for a popular enough piece of hardware, then they're interested.
I really don't get the whining about this issue. MS still supports Win10 for the older machines, so it's not like they are suddenly abandoning all of them. And no one seems to mind when, say, Apple does it. I have an older Ipad Air that is limited to IOS 12. Why can't it upgrade to the latest version? Sure, it may not be able to take advantage of all the latest features, but I don't have that option at all. Yet I'm not going to rail against Apple. As long as it meets my current needs, I'm happy using it as is.