Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Windows 10 Build 15060

The company said Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform for the newest range of Intel and AMD processors - although the Intel chips still functioned with older versions of the operating system at launch (after a bit of tweaking).

Moreover, this rumored spring release date of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is further supported by a report by ZDNet previous year that the Windows 10 Creators Update was pushed back to a spring 2017 release to support "a new wave of Microsoft-branded Windows devices". The new metered connections settings in build 15058 also allow users to set a wired Ethernet connection as metered, while the current version of Windows 10 allows this for Wi-Fi connections only. For example it states: "Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh-generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update".

The pace at which Microsoft has released bug-focused builds suggests that the Windows 10 Creators Update might arrive sooner than later. The Creators Update where this new policy is found is still pre-release software but given Microsoft's response it's unlikely this will change. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows.

But sources familiar with the matter tell The Reg that such deals won't be on offer for Vista users.

The question now becomes how many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are affected.

If the Android community has shown us anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility isn't down to the ability of the hardware - hell, not even the operating system.

Windows 10 Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3-D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most, and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. Devices built using AMD's new chips are just beginning to reach the market. Software in extended support only receives security fixes, and Windows 7 will continue to do so until 2020. Support for Windows 8.1 runs through next year and support ends in 2023.

Microsoft cannot know the local circumstances of each user, particularly when it comes to data cost, and despite the importance of updates this should be an area where the user remains in control. We reached out to Microsoft for comment.

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