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  • Seven Semper Fi: Win7 to get SHA-2 encryption for patches, DirectX 12 for games

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 05:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In addition to the “Get Windows 10” nag screens I described yesterday, and a Servicing Stack Update that implements SHA-2 level encryption for future Win7 patches,  Tom Warren at The Verge says MS is allowing some game developers to use DirectX 12 technology in their Win7 games:

    the company is allowing some game developers to implement DirectX 12. The first game to appear with DirectX 12 support on Windows 7 is Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

    Microsoft heard feedback from Blizzard that features like multi-threading in DirectX 12 were bringing substantial framerate improvements to World of Warcraft on Windows 10. Blizzard wanted these same features on Windows 7, presumably because it still has a large base of players on this older OS. Microsoft originally launched DirectX 12 as part of Windows 10, and has not made it available for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users.

    As if you didn’t know, Microsoft will stop delivering security patches for Win7 in 10 months – end of life for the PC’s second-most-popular operating system.

    Martin Brinkmann has a summary of the official announcement on

    Life’s a bit bizarre, wouldn’t you say?