Microsoft earlier in January said that its current lineup of Windows RT devices including Surface RT and Surface 2 will not be upgradeable to Windows 10. However, now the company promises to release a patch update for RT devices that’ll include some key features of the forthcoming Windows 10, but not all. The Redmond giant confirmed this week saying that the much-anticipated Windows RT update will be available around the launch date of Windows 10, slated for July 29.

“If you’re running Windows RT, your device won’t upgrade to Windows 10, but we will have an update for you around the time of Windows 10 release,” explains Microsoft on its Windows 10 FAQ page.
Microsoft is yet to confirm a specific release for its Windows RT update, neither has it revealed which Windows 10 features will be available on its RT devices. Redmond has confirmed that the popular ‘Surface Pro’ lineup will be fully upgradeable to Windows 10, however.

Windows RT was essentially Microsoft’s sneaky attempt to run Windows OS on ARM (Acorn RISC Machine), the architecture deployed in most modern-day smartphones and tablets. And the only desktop software it could run includes Microsoft’s built-in apps and its Office suite of apps. Hence, the advantages it supposedly had were, for the most part, negligible, which eventually led PC vendors to ditch the whole concept. Devices with screen size 7 inches or smaller running Windows Phone will get the ARM based Windows update, which won’t feature a desktop mode.

At this point, one can’t really be sure as to what new Windows 10 features will be available with the RT update. Most notably, it will include of some of the key features of the upcoming OS, including the Halo- inspired digital assistant Cortana, the new Edge browser or the new Continuum feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between windowed apps and full-screen mode. Moreover, some analysts are also under the assumption that the update won’t include the Media Player and the Windows Media Center.

Owners of Windows RT devices will surely be excited about this update. Hopefully, Microsoft can shed more light on this new update in the coming weeks and let us know what it’ll bring to the table. Even if it’s the Windows 10 Universal Platform run-time, this is still really good news as it implies some of the new Windows 10 Universal Apps will run on your RT device. Despite the fact that it still won’t be able to run Win32 apps, it will still extend some life to RT devices.


  1. Julia, Julia, Julia . . .”Hence, the advantages it supposedly had were, for the most part, negligible,” Really?
    The RT was $599 including keyboard and including Office. Plus it was fanless and had 9-10 hours of battery life.
    The Pro was $899. Plus $129 for a keyboard, plus around $200 to buy Office to put on it. It had a 4-5 hour battery life and had a fan.
    Negligible, not by a long shot. In my view the PRO was asking for a lot more money for less, just so you could download something. I’m still using my RT, and have over $600 in the bank from NOT buying the PRO. The Surface 3 hasn’t even tempted me, because what I have works, and I have never felt I needed to download anything else on it.

    • I agree with you on the incredible value of the Surface 2. The only thing it lacked for me for business was the ability to attend Webex or Blue Jeans meetings which required stops or browser plug-ins. Oh, and a real digitizing pen. There pen alone intrigued me enough to go to a Surface 3. For me, well worth it. I use it with One Note all the time now. The Surface 2 is still in use, and my new TV supports Miracast, so I now get full HD support for streaming video from this little fanless tablet that everyone who has never owned one loves to hate. Live on Surface 2.

      • Yeah, One Note is one shortfall, but with my touch keyboard, I can type away on One note and nobody hears a thing. That will be a welcome improvement though, whenever I decide to upgrade. Right now I have other places I need to put hundreds of dollars into. Thank you.

          • Jamie, I’m not a good typist, so I wouldn’t know, but when I first got it, I had a few people that were typists try it, and they were amazed at how well it worked. It has been great in meetings where a different keyboard would be distracting. Just biding my time. I will upgrade one day, but surely won’t be until 10 is out in full force.

          • Im a fast typist, but my issue is that i like a physical keyboard with physical keys. xD me texting is just horrendous. xD Windows 10 will be worth the upgrade. Don’t listen to others.

          • Jamie, I think you misunderstood me. The Original Surface products had a choice of keyboards, the regular raised key, and the touch, which is very flat and makes no noise as you type. Both keyboards also acted as covers. I am not referring to the onscreen keyboard. I only use the onscreen keyboard when I am using the tablet with the keyboard detached. I do not believe the touch keyboard is available anymore. I hope this explanation helps!

          • I misunderstood you when you said “physical keyboard” My mistake. Because I am not a typist, my touch keyboard doesn’t bother me 🙂 I am soooo looking forward to Windows 10! Will be interesting to see what Microsoft is going to give the RT. I will have it on my desktop too, as soon as they send it to me, hopefully as close to July 29th as possible.

          • By physical keyboard i meant one with mechanical keys. xD like the type keyboard. xD i hope we get the universal store. i could care less about the other features. Im looking forewards to it too. ;D

  2. Well it’s a great thing , I’m going to go with the Surface Windows 10 out of the box, but not until the Windows 10 mobile release, surely at that time , I fell it will be a better deal.

  3. I guess if they’re stupid enough to own whatever in God’s great name a Windows RT device is, they’ll be worshipfully excited about any crumb of Windows 10 Microsoft deigns to throw their way.

    Reason I don’t know what a Windows RT device is is I’m from planet earth and I do computer stuff ON A COMPUTER. And using Windows 7, quite happily, thank you very much, have Ubuntu on the other computer and when Windows 7 dies, that’s where I’ll be going. Bye-bye, Microsoft, much unlamented.


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