Using Twitter, Gabriel Aul from Microsoft announces that “Windows RT 8.1 Update 3″ will be released during the month of September. This update is expected to give Windows RT some of the functionality of Windows 10.
Few hours ago, Windows RT users have to download a giant 600 MB update for their devices – but the bulk will come in September.
Gabriel Aul of Microsoft, responding on Twitter to a direct question by a user, has revealed that in September the owners of the few Tablet PCs running Windows RT will be able to download “Windows 8.1 RT Update 3″, an upgrade that will give them some – but not all – features of the new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.
Pre-installed on various devices since October 26th, 2012 (the day of the launch of Windows 8), Windows RT is the edition of Windows 8 for ARM processors. Badly advertised, misunderstood and used only on very expensive devices, this operating system quickly became unnecessary with the launch of low-budget Intel Atom Bay Trail CPUs and the very low cost Tablet PC based on them. Windows RT unsuccess forced Microsoft to abandon it, aborting the launch of Surface Mini, an 8-inch pen-enabled device based on RT.
Excluded from Windows 10 upgrade, owners of RT devices (Microsoft Surface RT, Microsoft Surface 2, Nokia Lumia 2520, ASUS VivoTab RT, Samsung ATIV Tab and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11) will be able to gain some additional functionality – but the name itself (Windows 8.1 RT instead of Windows 10 RT) clarifies that the greatest part of the new operating system’s features will be absent – including, perhaps, the arrival of Office 2016 RT.