Microsoft has quietly rolled out Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 that adds the Start Menu and other features to Windows RT 8.1.
Microsoft has finally rolled out probably the last ever update for Windows RT users with Windows 8.1 RT Update 3. The software giant sneakily released the update on Tuesday, with no official word, a blog post or even a tweet that the update has been rolled out. As expected, the update doesn’t include any feature additions apart from the Start Menu on the RT desktop, which should allow easier navigation for users though doesn’t include all the features seen on the Windows 10 Start Menu.
Users with Surface RT, Surface 2, or any other ARM-based Windows RT devices can now download the update, which can be found in the ‘Optional Updates’ section. This update that brings the Start Menu actually called KB3033055, though Microsoft has not made any official announcements.
To download the new update and the new Start Menu on RT, users just need to run ‘Windows Update’. Once the update is installed, users can enable the Start Menu by right-clicking the taskbar and then go to ‘Properties’. Then just make sure you check the box next to activate the Start menu instead of the Start screen and just hit ‘OK’. After that, you’ll be asked to sign out and then log back in, which will show the Start Menu.
The Start Menu is clearly inspired from early preview builds of Windows 10 and looks similar as well, though is limited in its functionality compared to the current Windows 10 Start Menu. It does not resize neither do apps float as they still open full screen.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also rolled out a new single firmware update for Surface Pro 3. The new update is listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/15/2015” or “System Hardware Update – 9/15/2015” in Windows Update, and just includes USB 3.0 Card Reader driver update (v10.0.10240.31217) which offers better power management when an SD card is inserted.
It is also worth pointing out that Microsoft has sent out media invites for an Oct 6 event in New York, where we might see the unveiling of next-gen Surface hybrid the Surface Pro 4. In addition, we might also see some more Windows 10 devices unveiled at the event, notably the rumored flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones – the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.