Earlier this month, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul confirmed that Windows RT will indeed be getting a new update. The updated, dubbed as Update 3, will reportedly bring the Start Menu – but it’s not the new Windows 10 Start Menu. The update will come with the DirectUI Start Menu which was available in the early days of Windows 10 – meaning that it’s not the new one, and it’s a lot different than the current Windows 10 Start Menu as you can see on the above picture.
For those wondering, the Start Menu on Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 won’t be packing the new Windows 10 Start Menu as the OS will be missing some APIs that are needed to support the Windows 10 Start Menu. To be honest, there aren’t really a lot of differences between the Direct UI Start Menu and the new Start Menu other than some user interface differences.
The report also states that Microsoft isn’t working on windowed mode for Metro Apps for Update 3 – meaning that the Metro apps will still open in full-screen mode. As expected, Continuum (aka Tablet Mode) and the new Windows Apps (aka the Universal App Platform) aren’t coming with Update 3.
As it seems like, Update 3 will be a very small update – and that makes perfect sense as Microsoft is planning to kill the platform and focus on Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Windows 10.
It isn’t yet known when Microsoft will be delivering Update 3 to Windows RT users. However, we expect Microsoft to release it sometime soon – probably a few weeks or months after the release of Windows 10.
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