Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:08

Windows RT – last update brings some Windows 10 'like' features

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Purchasers of Microsoft Surface Windows 8.1 RT tablet are probably sick of hearing they bought a three-legged, albeit loveable dog – Microsoft has issued what is possibly the last update to this orphaned OS.

I do not have Surface 1/2 RT or Lumia’s 2520 tablet so I cannot try the update – please accept this as the last Windows RT article I will write – vale Windows RT.

The update, KB3033055, is largely cosmetic delivering a Windows 10 like Start Menu – about time - and some changes to the lock screen. The new start menu does not appear by default – right click on the task bar to use it.

Users will still need to run Windows RT apps – increasingly disappearing from the Windows store. It does not support the new Universal apps that run on full-fat Windows 10. Development has stopped on Office apps – you cannot update to Office 2016.

Mostly this update allows users to get a little extra life from a device that showed promise and was put out to pasture.

Some users have complained that the update removes older Windows functionality like Control Panel. All of the older Windows Accessories and System tools have moved to the Apps segment.

They are confused why it cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile – the answer is that the Tegra SOC and certain hardware prevents this.

If Microsoft had done nothing for Windows RT users, it would have been demonized. Now Microsoft has done something it is still demonized. It cannot win!


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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