Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:08

Vale Windows RT


Microsoft will release an update to its Windows RT, ARM based Surface tablets but it’s the end of the line – Windows 10 universal apps will not run on it.

The September Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 will get a W10 like Start Menu and notification screen and a bundle of security and OS patches – despite RT not having even one reported virus or rootkit. It will not have any, repeat any, Windows 10 x86 functionality or Cortana.

Why would you bother supporting RT? It does not even show up in the real time market share and has not been a real contender in the tablet space for a couple of years. There was hope that Windows 10 Mobile (designed to run on ARM processors) may be rolled out for Surface RT but it won’t handle Continuum or other hardware requirements as it is based on NVidia’s Tegra3 system on a chip.

The update will be delivered over the air. When connected to Wi-Fi – the device should tell when it is available.

Regrettably for Windows device users this is the second dead-end. Remember Windows Phone 7 – end of the line too.

Windows RT was the old Microsoft’s ham-fisted, hasty, ill conceived, attempt to be in the ARM based tablet market place and give the iPad some competition.

The only upside is that happened in a galaxy far away, a long time ago, under different management and that folly cost it US$900 million dollars in write-downs.

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