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No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)
Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.

PC users who jumped on the tablet and hybrid PC bandwagon sometime between 2012 and 2014 would have to make do with the last Windows 10 feature update 1607 a.k.a. the Anniversary Update. Microsoft has now officially stated that PCs featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom line of CPUs viz. the Atom Z2760, Z2520, Z2560 and Z2580 cannot run the latest Windows 10 Creators Update as incompatible drivers for these chips would prevent users from having an ideal experience.

In an email statement to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesperson said that in the Windows-as-a-Service model, Microsoft is aligning the support cadence with the hardware support lifecycle of a device. The spokesperson notes that Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom processors are no longer supported by Intel as they have reached end of interactive support. Without new drivers or firmware from Intel, PCs based on these processors would be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.

Although the Anniversary Update is the end of the line for PCs sporting these processors, the silver lining is that Microsoft will be supporting these PCs with security updates till January, 2023. Originally, going by Microsoft's current support lifecycle of 18 months post release, these PCs would have been cut-off from even security updates post early 2018. It should come as a reprieve that Microsoft is considering extended support for 'Clover Trail' devices till 2023 aligning with the Windows 8.1 extended support period.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-23 (Update: 2017-07-23)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.