Microsoft has not entirely forgotten Windows RT, and will be rolling out an update for the ARM based operating system to bring it closer to the recently launched Windows 10 look. Of course, being the red-headed stepchild of Microsoft this update is mainly cosmetic and doesn’t bring any Windows 10 functionality with it.
The Windows 8.1 Update 3, as it will be known, will apparently update the Start menu and lockscreen to bring it in line with the Windows 10 aesthetic. According to the FAQ, this is about all it will do. The code for the new Start menu will not be the same as the one in Windows 10; thus, making it a minor change without implementing any of the improvements brought on by Windows 10.
Similarly, Microsoft’s Universal apps will not run on Windows RT; even with the update installed. This is due to the lack of Windows 10 API. Similarly, Continuum will not run on Windows RT for the same reasons.
It is a mystery as to why Microsoft felt compelled to provide an update to Windows RT, and then simply provide on that doesn’t change anything. There cannot be enough Windows RT users to justify the extra work of updating an operating system that has been largely forgotten about.
[Source: Ars Technica]