Upcoming Windows RT 8.1 "Update 3" to include Start Menu; won't be major update

2015-Jul-20 | Tags: update

Windows on ARMMicrosoft has been extremely quiet regarding the upcoming “Update 3” for Windows RT 8.1 users, which is set to land sometime this September. We first learned about the existence of Update 3 back in January, where Microsoft confirmed Windows RT 8.1 would not be receiving the full Windows 10 treatment.


Microsoft’s original statement claimed that Windows RT 8.1 users would receive a subset of Windows 10 features, but were not specific on what features exactly. Seven whole months later and the company is still yet to detail what the update will bring for Windows RT devices. So I did some digging.

According to my sources, Microsoft is planning to bring the Start Menu to Windows RT with Update 3, but it won’t be the Start Menu from the Windows 10 RTM. Instead, Microsoft is backporting the DirectUI Start Menu, which for those who don't know is the Start Menu found in the early Windows 10 Technical Preview builds from October last year.

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