No matter how you looked at it, Windows RT is the least loved version of Windows 8 in consumer’s eyes mainly due to its gimped capabilities that overlooked advantages that the operating system might has. Hence, it is not surprising that Microsoft has eventually decided to cut Windows RT from its Windows 10 plan as pointed by the chart above.
Shown at one of the sessions at the recently concluded Windows Hardware Engineering Community conference in China, the chart clearly stated that Windows RT is not part of Windows 10 upgrade program. This is not the first time Microsoft has mentioned this though as back in January, the company’s representative has stated that Windows RT will only receive a handful of Windows 10 functionality but not the full treatment.
This has pretty much made the operating irrelevant in a way that is identical to the company’s transition to Windows Phone 8 that left Windows Phone 7. However, the chart from WinHEC is a clearer and much more direct way by Microsoft to signify the death of Windows RT.
As mentioned earlier, not everything about Windows RT were bad. At the very least, the operating system did lead to the creation of well-designed Windows devices such as Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520. Too bad that Windows RT were seen as their Achilles’ heel and restrict their progress in the market to the point that it affected Microsoft’s coffers to certain extent.
[Source: WinHEC 2015 @ Channel 9]