You only have to look back a couple of years to see how quickly technology has changed and impacted our lives vastly. This time 10 years ago, Twitter (or then Twittr) had only been around for a few months and Blu-ray discs were brand new.

It was also the year that Intel introduced the Intel Core and Viiv, Intel’s first generation of 65 nm process mobile microprocessors, making a real difference to the performance of both Windows and Apple computers.plate-1559573_1920

Fast forward to 2016, and it is said that around 80% of PCs and 90% of laptops have an Intel processor and last month, Intel released their 7th Generation Intel Processor. Known as Kaby Lake, this processor is a successor to the Skylake microarchitecture that many PCs are currently using.

Many technology experts thought that this new processor would be a smaller version of the Skylake processor, but this is not the case.

The circuits are the same 14 nanometer size as Intel’s earlier Skylake and Broadwell chips, but the main benefits of the Kaby Lake processor are that it is 12 percent faster than previous versions in raw performance and it uses less power. This means that computers should offer a longer battery life with this processor (perfect for employees who have to work remotely with lack of access to electricity).

The new chips have already become available to PC/notebook manufacturers and will likely be in most mainstream products by the middle of next year.

However, the most significant change this processor will have on computers is that it will not run on Microsoft operating systems prior to Windows 10. At present, new PCs often come with a choice of Windows 7 or 10. This will no longer be the case if the unit has a 7th generation processor.

It seems that Microsoft are trying to force everybody onto the same operating system…but is this a good thing or a bad thing? Tweet us your thoughts at @SCSTechnology.