Windows RT Is Not Dead Yet


Microsoft recently confirmed that they have stopped the production of two of their Windows RT devices, Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520. There are several reports on the web stating that Windows RT is dead because both the devices running Windows RT is no longer in production. Those reports are wrong.

Windows RT is a Windows-based operating system for ARM based devices that’s optimized for thin and light PCs that have extended battery life and are designed for life on the go. Windows RT 8.1 only runs built-in apps or apps that you download from the Windows Store. With Windows 10, Microsoft has decided to change its strategy around Windows RT and regular Windows. All devices which has screen size of 8-inches and above will run full Windows 10. Other device which has screen size less than 8-inches will run Windows RT which is Windows on ARM.

Here is the response from Microsoft,

“ARM devices will continue to be a crucial part of the range of devices Windows 10 supports, with an optimized experience for ARM-based phones, phablets and small tablets up to 8 inches.”

What about updates for devices like Surface 2 and Lumia 2520 which has 10-inch screen size and runs on Windows RT 8.1?

 Microsoft is working on an update for Windows RT, and will have more to share later.

This update for the Windows RT will have some of the functionality of Windows 10, but not all.

Windows on ARM which is Windows RT still lives on. For example, yesterday Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be released for Raspberry Pi 2 which is an ARM based device. Windows IoT platform is based on Windows on ARM. Windows 10 for phones will be based on Windows on ARM. And so forth.

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