Windows 10 Support for Clover-Trail Systems Extended
Although Microsoft had announced the end of support for devices with Intel’s Clover Trail line of Atom-branded chipsets from the beginning of 2018, this decision has now been revoked. Instead, Microsoft will offer an extended support until January, 2023. However, this support will include security patches only, feature updates will not be included. According to Microsoft, the Clover Trail chipsets are not compatible with new features because they are no longer supported by Intel itself, meaning the necessary driver support has been dropped. For this reason, the affected devices will only get Windows 10 version 1607, the Creators Update (version 1703) and all future feature updates will not be provided.
In its Windows 10 support policy, Microsoft guarantees 10 years of support, separated into 5 years of mainstream support and additional 5 years of extended support. However, this support will only be granted to compatible hardware with up-to-date drivers that is still supported by its OEM.
The affected devices will be any systems based on Intel’s Atom Z2760, Z2580, Z2560 and Z2520 chipsets. Those have mostly been installed in tablets and 2-in-1 computers between Q2 2012 and Q2 2013.