Microsoft has just announced that the upcoming free update to Windows RT will include Outlook, which will make tablets running it much more suitable for business use.
Windows RT is focused more on consumers than the enterprise, even though it comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Its lack of Outlook contributed to this considerably. Customers who wanted a more business-friendly tablet needed to go with the full version of Windows 8.1.
However, Microsoft has decided that customers who are buying Windows tablets expect them to have a full version of Microsoft Office, including Outlook. This is because many consumers use their personal tablets for some work tasks, such as keeping up with email.
Outlook will not replace the mail client that’s part of Windows RT. It will instead be another option.
A Touch-Friendly Version
According to a post on the Office News Blog,
“Outlook 2013 RT delivers a great touch experience for people using tablets. The new Outlook has so much to offer including a streamlined user experience that reduces clutter and makes your content king. From cool new features like quickly responding to email with inline reply, to using ‘peeks’ to view your calendar or contacts without having to manually switch between tabs, Outlook brings great new tools to your fingertips.”
A preview version of Windows 8.1, along with the attendant update to Windows RT, is going to be released on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The full version is going to be released later this year.