When MS decided not to update W10 on computers having "Clover Trail" processors, I don't think they realized they were screwing (potentially) close to 10 million computer owners by rendering their computers insecure.
By anyone's thinking, that's a lot of angry people, especially when we're speaking of computers which are at most 4 years old...and hybrid 2 in 1 devices using the Atom chip starting roughly in 2012. These folks had W 8/8.1 and were assured continued service and compatibility if they updated to W10. Sounds like Marketing didn't ask Engineering about that assurance.
So, it was recently discovered that roughly 10 million computers didn't get the latest major update to W10, supposedly a "compatibility issue" which would have rendered icons and system text illegible.
"The lack of major update caused a panic over the future security updates to these models. Since deciding Windows 10 would be the last completely new edition of Windows, Microsoft has switched to a new policy for issuing updates. It plans to release major updates with new features twice a year, update once a month to fix and improve performance issues, and then issue security patches as and when they are needed.
However, the timeline only guaranteed to offer security patches for a computer 18 months after its last major update. In other words: any PC not updated to the Creators Update would not receive patches beyond February 2018, which effectively makes it unsafe to use. Given some of these computers are only four years old, this problem didn't go down well. Microsoft has now said it definitely won't be updating the affected machines to the recent Creators Update unless Intel produces new drivers, something Intel already says isn't happening. The machines will therefore receive the monthly improvement updates, but won't get any major new features. (Source: theverge.com)" - Infopackets
So, MS has decided that these machines will receive the Security Updates until 1/2023, when all support for them ends. That's according to ZDnet.
So, while the owners won't get what was promised, they'll at least get the Security Updates.
Somehow, I don't think this is the end of the story.