There might a new reason for you to think about how to upgrade to Windows 8, if you are a gaming enthusiast running on Windows 7. According to online rumours, the next version of DirectX Graphics APIs to be released by Microsoft would not support Windows 7. Obviously, this will not affect most of the average Windows 7 users. However, as far as gaming enthusiasts are concerned, Windows 7 will no longer be enough for running the latest PC games.
Microsoft has not confirmed Windows 7 DirectX 12 support yet
For the time being, these are all just rumours. But, the whole thing started with a comment made by AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy. It was reported that Mr.Huddy did mention about Windows 7 OS not getting DirectX 12 support.
However, both AMD and Microsoft soon started playing down this statement saying that Mr.Huddy is not a Microsoft spokesperson. But, the mere fact that the statement came from a leading gaming technology expert in the industry itself points to the possibility of Microsoft considering such an option.
In their official announcement regarding the DirectX 12 version, Microsoft never mentioned Windows 7. They did make it clear that the next generation of DirectX Graphics APIs will support all the different types of computer devices currently in use like smart phones, tablets, phablets, etc as well as the new gaming console Xbox One. But, Windows 7 was not mentioned in that list.
In other words, Windows 7 users need not worry about how to upgrade to Windows 8 yet. Microsoft is not likely to exclude Windows 7 from the list of DirectX 12 supported operating systems considering the fact that over 50% of the Windows OS users use it.
However, if Microsoft releases Windows 10 before they release DirectX 12, then Windows 7 becomes the third oldest Windows operating system available in the market after Windows 10 and Windows 8. Also, Windows 7 Mainstream Support period is set to expire in January 2015.
For these reasons, Microsoft will be perfectly justified in their decision to provide no DirectX 12 support for Windows 7 and this will be well in tune with their tech support policy. Also, there is the possibility that this might induce many hardcore gamers to finally make the upgrade to Windows 8 to enjoy the better gaming experience offered by DirectX 12.
For now, let us wait for an official announcement from Microsoft regarding this matter.
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