Microsoft confirmed a few months back that it will release one final update for Windows RT even though it has pretty much killed the operating system. Just yesterday the company updated its Windows 10 FAQ to point out that Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 is going to bring a new Start menu and lock screen for Windows RT devices. More information about this update is available today, it turns out that the update won’t feature support for new Windows 10 Universal apps.
The company has not yet said when it plans on launching this update for Windows 10 devices but it’s believed that the update might come out next month.
A spokesperson for Microsoft has confirmed to ZDNet that Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 won’t have support for new Windows 10 Universal apps even though these apps are designed to run on both x86 and ARM-based chips for smartphones and small tablets.
“Surface (RT, Surface 2 and third-party ARM-based Windows PCs and tablets) only run apps built for RT and not Universal Windows Apps. There are lots of apps that work on RT, so they’ll be able to continue to enjoy apps, games, music and movie content,” the spokesperson said.
These apps actually require a Windows 10 core to run which Windows RT is not going to get, this is why Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 isn’t going to have support for Windows 10 Universal apps.