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Sorry, Your Surface RT Won’t Update to Windows 10

by Jacob Kleinman | January 22, 2015January 22, 2015 5:45 pm PDT

Did you hear the good news? Windows 10 will be a free update for anyone running Windows 8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Phone 8.1. Now for the bad news. Unfortunately, it turns out that offer won’t extend to Windows RT machines, though the company has something else planned for its limited tablet software.

Windows RT was Microsoft’s effort to offer a slimmed down operating system that could run on low-power mobile processors while still offering some of the functionality that came with the full Windows 8 experience. Unfortunately, it never really caught on, and most hardware partners quickly shifted away from the unpopular OS. There are still some RT devices out there, mostly from Microsoft’s own Surface lineup, and today the company revealed its plans for those tablets.

Your Surface RT might not be able to handle the full Windows 10 experience, but the company says it’s still developing some new software for the device. “We are working on an update for Surface [RT], which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10,” Microsoft told CNET. “More information to come.”

So it sounds like Microsoft’s RT will get some sort of upgrade, hopefully a free one, though it’s unclear exactly which Windows 10 features will be included. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon, but it could be a while before that Surface RT gets any love.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...