Most of Onward’s clients use their workstation fleet’s life-cycle and/or lease schedules as the determining factor in deciding when to move to the next Windows version. In addition, the maturity of the latest Windows release and 3rd party support for that release come into play. While we partner with our clients to develop their deployment strategies they frequently have questions regarding the most recent CPU on the market. In many of these discussions, Intel’s rollout of their 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPU still causes confusion as our clients develop their application upgrade strategies and project plan timelines in support of moving to a Windows 10 environment. This may seem a bit strange that many companies are still in the planning stages of their workstations upgrades, knowing that the Kaby Lake processor was released in August 2016.
As we work with our clients to develop workstation upgrade strategies, their questions regarding CPU support are usually related to two specific topics: