So long, Windows RT. We barely knew you

Looking back at our live blog from the Microsoft Windows 10 event, I noticed two letters missing: An R and a T. That’s right, Windows RT — the desktop version of Windows for ARM processors — wasn’t mentioned at all. I feared the worst and it appears my fears were justified: Microsoft won’t be releasing Windows 10 for RT devices.

Surface 2 Windows

After a total absence of RT during the Windows 10 presentation, Microsoft provided the following statement to CNET:

Surface Pro 3 (and the entire Surface Pro lineup) will update to Windows 10. We are working on an update for [the Windows RT version of] Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come.

While that doesn’t mean current Windows RT device owners are left completely in the cold, it sure sounds like they’re not going to get all of the same features that Windows computers and Windows Phone handsets will receive. So if you bought a [company]Microsoft[/company] Surface, Surface 2 or one of the very few Windows RT computers made by Microsoft’s partners, you can take some solace in the fact that some new software is coming. But what it will include is still a mystery.

Surface 2 multitasking

I can understand Microsoft’s decision here: It’s focusing on devices that have a larger following and not on a platform that once cost it a $900 million inventory. But I still think it’s a shame. If anything, Windows RT had the best chance for Microsoft to better compete against Chromebooks for the same reasons that [company]Google[/company]’s laptops are attractive: They are simple, have long battery life, are tightly controlled and low cost.

Now it appears that there won’t be any new Windows RT tablets and laptops to see how that scenario might have played out. And existing RT devices will only get a limited amount of Microsoft’s latest and greatest; surely a disappointment for those consumers and companies who invested in Windows RT to begin with.