Windows RT Devices Left Behind
Microsoft announced their new cross platform operating system, Windows 10, a few weeks back. The operating system shows much promise in delivering what Windows 8 sorely lacked in both its desktop and mobile iterations. The best part of the operating system so far is that it literally is Microsoft’s “one ring to rule them all”.
Microsoft’s Window’s 10 is also looking to be the final nail on the coffin for the half baked operating system, Windows RT. Windows RT was an operating system which was released side by side with Windows 8; however, the OS lacked the desktop capabilities of Windows 8 which confounded many users.
According to an announcement by Microsoft themselves, the Surface Pro 3 and the entire Surface Pro lineup will be receiving the Windows 10 update. On the other hand, the Surface line of devices will only be receiving some of the functionality of Windows 10. No further details are available at the current time.
We do have news on another Windows RT device, the Nokia Lumia 2520 which only saw a limited release, never making it to Malaysia officially. It looks like Microsoft will be retiring the device together with the Surface and Surface 2. If you were a fan of the device, let’s hope your grief is short lived as rumours are surfacing of a plausible successor to the ill fated Windows RT running device. Benchmarks have surfaced of a 10.1 inch device touting a Quad HD display with and Adreno 420 graphics processor. This could only mean that the device will be running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. It also shows that the device will be running Windows.
In addition to this, it seems like Microsoft is also taking a step back from its initial promise of updating all Lumia and Windows 8 devices. Chris Weber, a Microsoft Executive, stated that the company new goal is to update “the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1”. It is more than likely devices lacking sufficient RAM or minimum specifications will be left behind or, in the best case scenario, get a bare bones update like the Windows 7.8 update.