Some good news for owners of Windows RT devices, as Windows Insider Program Chief Gabriel Aul just tweeted that Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 will be available in September. However, Aul did not divulge any details as to what can users look forward with the new update or the new functionalities it would bring.
Microsoft earlier said on its Windows 10 FAQ page,” “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.
Hence at this point we can’t really be sure as to what Windows 10 features will be included with the upcoming RT update 3. According to our close sources to the Redmond giant, Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 will reportedly bring new Start screen and Windows Store, or even Cortana and Groove Music — precisely WinRT based features — in attempt to extend the short life span of RT devices.
To recall, Windows RT was introduced in 2012 under the leadership of Steve Ballmer together with Windows 8, who at that time said that Windows RT devices showcase the power of the new OS on a tablet.
However, the biggest roadblock for Windows RT devices was its inability to run desktop apps (Win32 applications). Hence, it was just limited to Store apps. This eventually led customers to lose interest in the device along with manufacturers who ditched the whole RT bandwagon. This eventually made the whole concept a flop which it seems the Windows maker is trying to get away with in a gentle way.
As these Windows RT devices run on ARM processors, obviously they cannot handle x86 code. Hence, software availability and compatibility were it biggest setbacks that lead to poor user experiences and eventually its failure. Microsoft had effectively rendered the whole Windows RT concept dead, as no third party OEMs were interested in producing tablets for the OS. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of features it’ll be rolling out with the mysterious update.
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