[Development] Suggestion - Remove Windows 7 as supported development host

Harald Kjølberg harald.kjolberg at qt.io
Wed Nov 14 10:11:59 CET 2018


Thanks for all the feedback. It seems that Windows 7 is still standing tall. The initial idea was that we probably could remove it, as regular support for Windows 7 ended in 2015. However, from the feedback it is clear that the cost of removing it is greater than the gain. Suggestion revoked.


On 13/11/2018, 20:18, "André Pönitz" <apoenitz at t-online.de> wrote:

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 01:13:28PM +0000, Harald Kjølberg wrote:
    > Hi,
    > Referring to: https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-70891
    > The suggestion is to remove Windows 7 as a supported development host,
    > but keep it as a target. From the numbers I have access to, more than
    > 55% of the users are on Windows 10. However, I would like to get
    > feedback on this in case there are other opinions.
    Given that Microsoft has been trying really hard to push Windows 10
    into everyone's and everyone's dog's throat for three years now the
    fact that this is *only* 55% makes me think that there are quite a
    few people trying really hard to not upgrade, and in this situation
    it seems plausible to me that given a choice between {swallow Win10
    + develop with Qt 5.13+} vs {stick to Win7 + drop Qt} people may
    choose the latter.
    So no, I am not convinced this is a good idea.
    PS: I *do* understand that this is about *development* platforms.
    But since there's no sensible cross-platform development possible
    from non-Windows to Windows this would force Windows 10 for *any*
    Windows-targeting development.

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