Microsoft to port DirectX 12 to Windows 7 for WoW players

You may or may not know/care that Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 officially ends on 14 January 2020. After which, Win 7 users will be thrown to the malware wolves and fire will fall from the sky. Before that, though, they’ll be able to play World of Warcraft with the buttery framerate of Windows 10.

This is because Blizzard wanted all of its World of Warcraft players (except the Win 8 ones, because screw those guys) to have the same smooth framerate as it does on Win 10, and Microsoft has a weakness for puppy dog eyes, or something. Whatever the reason, Microsoft is allowing part of DirectX 12 to be ported to Windows 7, even though it will be dead in less than a year.

It is only part of DX 12, however, specifically just the Direct3D part. Even more specifically, just the user mode D3D12 runtime. This is what’s responsible for some of the performance improvements in Win 10 that Blizzard craves for those still clinging to Win 7.

So, starting from patch 8.1.5 for Battle for Azeroth, WoW on Win 7 will be using DirectX 12. That is, until the wolves come…

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