Windows RT quietly put to sleep as Surface RT misses Windows 10 promise
The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a mixed bag of success and failure. We highly praise Microsoft for its Surface Pro line-up, but we haven’t felt the same about its Surface RT, up to the point where we really didn’t pay much attention to the launch of the Surface 2 for a review. While we did like the Surface hardware, the real problem was Windows RT, and that problem seems to continue, or should we say, seems to have come to an end.
Microsoft has just issued a statement to confirm that both the Surface RT and the Surface 2 won’t be receiving Windows 10 like current Windows 7 and Windows 8 customers. The company confirms that it’s working on bringing some of the Windows 10 features in an update, but not necessarily the full experience. We’ve seen this happen before in the transition between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, where only new hardware received the new operating system, and where Windows Phone 7.8 brought some of the visual aspects of the OS, but with a lot of stripped functionality, since in essence it wasn’t Windows Phone 8. Things aren’t yet set in black and white for Lumias either, as not all of them seem to be in it for the long run.
This also lays the ground for any product running Windows RT, as it seems that Microsoft is putting an end to one of its biggest flops in history.