Intel Clover Trail Processors cannot support new versions of Windows 10
Microsoft just blocked close to 100 different mobile models from upgrading to the Fall Creators Edition.
Microsoft has blocked the ability to upgrade past the Anniversary Update for the Intel Clover Trail processor, used for tablets, netbooks, and phones and touted for their low battery consumption. Originally running Window 8, this processor was popular for convertible or transformer-style tablets which gave a 2-in-1 functionality of being a netbook with a detachable tablet and accounted for one half of the technology that is now blocked. The rest of the devices are slate tablets, phones that ran Android are of course not affected by this issue.
Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and Dell are major companies that used the Clover Trail processors Z2760, Z2580, Z2560, and Z2520. The CPU was created with the tablet technology in mind. When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 as a Software as a service and promised ongoing support, there was no indication that there would be an end of the line for these devices that are less than years old and started with Windows 8.
At least one of the companies is fighting for their products. Acer has struck up the lead with talks with Microsoft to allow devices with Clover Trail processors to update to the Fall Creators Update. If they can move forward with this big release that has made major improvements on security, but still has a critical malware intervention broken, they can wrap up 2017 as a win.
What does this mean for you?
If you have one of these devices, you will receive support and security updates for the Anniversary Update until 2023. If Acer and any other manufacturers that may be working alongside them are successful, Microsoft may agree to allow these devices to update to the Fall Creators Update.
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