Microsoft has delivered improvements to its version of the Windows 10 platform for small, low-cost devices like the Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer, making it officially available for commercial hardware developers to use at the same time.
Late yesterday Microsoft pushed several optional updates to devices running Windows RT 8.1 and one of those updates, KB3033055, is what delivered the Windows 10 style Start Menu to those still on Windows RT 8.1 devices.
"What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away". That was the mantra my colleagues and I adhered to when I was leading Intel’s PC benchmarking efforts in the early 2000s. As the resident "HOC" (Highly-paid Outside Consultant) to the company’s Desktop Architecture Labs (DAL), my job was to help Intel’s engineers design the most complex desktop runtime environments possible for the purpose of showcasing the performance advantages of each new PC chip generation.
Windows RT devices, such as the Surface RT and the Surface 2, won’t get an upgrade to Windows 10, but instead Microsoft has been working on an update that brings some of the features of the new OS on these old tablets.
As announced several months ago, Windows 10 was designed to tackle more than just PCs, tablets, and smartphones, so today the company has introduced a slimmed-down version of the operating system that's designed to run on Internet of Things devices.
Microsoft is bringing back the Start menu in Windows 10, and that’s quite a big change for those who wanted a more familiar desktop, but it turns out that Redmond is also looking to introduce this feature on Windows RT, its almost-abandoned version of Windows 8 running on ARM tablets.
Microsoft doesn’t seem to be willing to build any other Windows RT device after Surface RT and Surface 2, but the company still has to update the tablets it already sold for a couple more years to lend a hand to those who purchased the first-generation Surfaces.
Back in January, Microsoft announced that Windows RT devices like the Surface RT and Surface 2 would not be receiving Windows 10 when it launches on July 29th, but instead will receive an update that includes some of Windows 10's features. Since then, we've not really heard much about this mysterious update.
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