Windows RT 8.1 will get the Start menu too, Microsoft says

Windows RT users won't get Windows 10, but Microsoft isn't leaving out of the cold entirely.

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If you have a Windows RT device, you might be feeling a little left out in the cold. After all, you won’t be able to upgrade your device Windows 10. Luckily for you, though, Microsoft isn’t abandoning you entirely.

As WinBeta notes, Microsoft will provide an update for Windows RT next month will bring a variant of the Start menu to Windows RT 8.1, according to an FAQ posted to Microsoft’s website. The FAQ also states that Microsoft will bring an updated lock screen to Windows RT.

Why this matters: Windows RT was a bit of a misfit from the day it launched: It ran only on a specific subset of devices, and it couldn’t run the full breadth of Windows apps. Windows 10 made it clear that RT doesn’t have much of a future, but it’s good to see that Microsoft hasn’t completely forgotten Windows RT users.

But there’s a catch...

The Start menu coming to Windows RT won’t be the same as the one in the final release build of Windows 10, however, according to WinBeta. Instead, it will be “based upon the DirectUI Start Menu found in the early Windows 10 Technical Preview builds,” so its design and layout will be somewhat different.

Still, any Start menu is better than no Start menu. 

In the meantime, Microsoft says to keep tabs on Windows Update on your RT device so you can get the Start menu update as soon as it’s out.

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