Recently at Portland’s PDXLAN Huddy made the comment on stage which was caught on video. The video has since been removed and AMD has issued the following statement:
“There have been reports based on a video of Richard Huddy of AMD making speculative comments around DirectX 12 support on versions of Windows,” AMD said in a statement. “Richard Huddy does not speak for Microsoft, and he was unfortunately speculating from Microsoft’s publication of key dates and milestones for Windows 7 lifecycle and mainstream support policy. Richard has no special insight into Microsoft’s Windows or DirectX roadmaps. Microsoft is a key, strategic partner for AMD and we’re continuously collaborating with them on DirectX 12.”
Windows 7 remains a popular operating system for gamers, and if this was true, no doubt many would be annoyed at what is essentially a forced upgrade to Windows 8 or 10.
That being said, AMD’s statement effectively neither confirms nor denies Huddy’s statement — it just says that it shouldn’t be taken as official word from Microsoft.