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Microsoft is introducing a major revamp to Windows RT at its annual BUILD conference this week.

Dubbed Windows RT 8.1, this is no mere update. Windows RT 8.1 streamlines many aspects of the RT experience and adds new features such as built-in Outlook, the ability to search across different apps, and improvements for enterprise users such as NFC printing, better VPN support, support for Microsoft’s Workplace Join, and greater support for services offered by mobile device management vendors.

The update paves the way for new Windows RT devices running on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 mobile processors. Microsoft’s VP of Planning, Mike Angiulo, recently commented on the implications, stating “NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processors will put Windows on more powerful, more portable devices than ever before.”

Devices powered by Tegra 4 are going to scream through web browsing, briskly handle multiple apps and instantly switch into high fidelity gaming. All while delivering the portability and battery life ARM-based processors are known for, and on the industry’s most secure Windows platform.

Rene Haas, our VP of Computing, echoed this excitement recently, saying, “The upcoming release of Outlook for RT will enhance the capabilities of RT devices, fulfilling the Windows RT promise of work and play, on one device.”

We can’t wait to show the world the new Windows RT 8.1 experience, especially on Tegra 4 – the fastest mobile processor NVIDIA has ever delivered. You can download the Windows RT 8.1 Preview through the Windows Store now. Microsoft has stated the final product will be available later this year.

  • Gothalion

    How about news on supposed shield delay. Yall are good at PR

  • GDM

    Yes, i also would like to know something, ANYTHING about why the Shield’s launch date has been pushed back 2 months…

  • Gothalion

    Or at least. Confirmation of such. Or like….. denouncement and say it was all a big whoopsie.

  • guest1110

    release date is June 27th…so people who pre-order get it on the 27th?  or it’ll ship on the 27th?  will it be in retail stores on the 27th?  If i Pre-Order, i hope others who didn’t, don’t get it before i do…it’s the 26th. got charged the whole ~$393. and no tracking number…what gives. BTW your customer support call center sucks.

  • guest1110

    source?

  • guest1110

    source?

  • GDM
  • guest1110

    thanks!  disappointed

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Confirmed: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2013/06/26/shield-delayed/

  • Brian_Caulfield
  • Below$550AShareIsPathetic!}:-D

    Hardly anyone bought the first Surface RT so they believe they can convince consumers to buy the next version.  I doubt it unless they drop the prices considerable.  Consumers need a third mobile OS like they need a hole in their heads.  I think most consumers find that Windows 8 is just a confusing mess.  I’m certainly curious how well this new batch of Surface RTs are going to sell.  I feel they won’t do much better than the first version if prices remain the same.

  • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

    I agree that pricing was all wrong for RT devices, but only the most entrenched anti-change whiners think Windows 8 is “a confusing mess”. I have deployed many, MANY Windows 8 computers and tablets this year, and the only thing an average end user needs is a little training on the new system. Once they learn it, they race through.

    Hopefully, we’ll see 8″ Windows RT devices hit in the $199-299 range, and 10-11″ devices hit in the $249-349 range, where they should be. Let the Atom and Jaguar tablets take the $500 range, and the Haswells hit the $600+ range. It’s all just about finding the right market positioning now, as Windows 8/RT offer more than 100,000 apps in the marketplace, and 8 of course has backward compatibility with millions of preexisting apps.