Microsoft plans to launch an update for Windows RT this fall which the company has said will bring some Windows 10 features to devices like the original Surface and Surface 2 tablets. But don’t expect all that many Windows 10 features.
WinBeta reports that Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 will bring a Windows 10-style start menu, but there won’t be many other new features.
Users will reportedly still have the option of using a full-screen Start Screen, but if they don’t want to hide the currently running app, they can bring up a Start Menu that will run on top of the current view.
What you won’t be able to do is run Windows Store apps in movable, resizeable windows: apps will open in full-screen mode just like they always have on Windows RT tablets. They won’t be able to run in windows the way they do on tablets, notebooks, and desktop PCs with Windows 10 software.
According to WinBeta, Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 will not bring some of the more exciting Windows 10 features to older tablets with ARM-based chips and Windows RT software. There’s no support for the Continuum feature that automatically changes your device’s user interface when you switch from tablet to notebook mode, for instance. And there’s no support for new Universal Windows apps.
In other words, the only changes seem to be cosmetic: if you want the full Windows 10 experience, you’ll need a device that can run the full Windows 10 operating system.