More info revealed on upcoming Outlook 2013 RT client

Windows RT device owners got the good news today that Microsoft will indeed launch an Outlook 2013 RT client later this year, as part of the free Windows 8.1 upgrade. Today, Microsoft's Office blog offered up a little more information on what Windows RT users can expect from the new Outlook 2013 RT program.

The blog post stated that " ... Outlook 2013 RT delivers a great touch experience for people using tablets." However, the blog did not confirm if Outlook 2013 RT will have a Modern style interface or if it will use the UI made for most of the desktop Office 2013 programs that are already included for free in other Windows RT products, such as Microsoft's own Surface RT tablet. So far, only two Office programs, OneNote and Lync, have been made with a Modern UI design.

The Office blog stated:

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.

The blog added that, according to a recent study from Morgan Stanley, 61 percent of people who shop for a new tablet think that a version of Microsoft Office is the "single most important software feature" for such a product.

Source: Office blog | Image via Microsoft

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Since RT is what's left of Windows Mobile they should have just listen to feedback … I mean every copy of Windows Mobile had Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Still I think they wanted people to use Modern Mail but that one sucks…
So In terms of anything relevant, it just means “less space for file storage”, other than that Microsoft just realized that they should have listed and continue the Windows Mobile ecosystem as it was…

Considering the comparison they make about the touch experience related to the existing Office apps, this WILL NOT be a "Modern" application. Like other Office apps, it will most likely be an ARM version of the desktop application.

Unfortunate if this is the case.

TheCyberKnight said,
Considering the comparison they make about the touch experience related to the existing Office apps, this WILL NOT be a "Modern" application. Like other Office apps, it will most likely be an ARM version of the desktop application.

Unfortunate if this is the case.

Hopefully, they have the folks that designed OneNote RT on the team..!

TheCyberKnight said,
Considering the comparison they make about the touch experience related to the existing Office apps, this WILL NOT be a "Modern" application. Like other Office apps, it will most likely be an ARM version of the desktop application.

Unfortunate if this is the case.

No, not unfortunate. I would want Outlook to be the desktop version. As someone that owns a Surface RT with a type keyboard, when I'm working with email, I'm going to be using the real keyboard (as opposed to onscreen) and in laptop/productivity mode (i.e. kickstand out), so a desktop application is just fine, if not preferable in this case.

I would imagine that was a decision intended to limit the usage of RT tablets to consumers rather than business customers. That's probably the same reason that you can't join an RT device to a domain.

"The new Outlook has so much to offer including a streamlined user experience that reduces clutter and makes your content king."
Sounds like the same Outlook 2013 desktop, not a Metro version

hold on i got a question :-)

does this also mean that i can get outlook 2013 rt for free on my windows 8 desktop pc?
reason for asking: i kinda like outlook but i dont need the office 365 suite as a whole.

typu said,
hold on i got a question :-)

does this also mean that i can get outlook 2013 rt for free on my windows 8 desktop pc?
reason for asking: i kinda like outlook but i dont need the office 365 suite as a whole.

This is just for WindowsRT which is OEM supplied only an on, from what I can tell, is only tablet capable devices.

They don't seem to sell Outlook separately, but it's $100 a year for up to 5 PCs for Office 365, which seems like a good price.

ive got a trial installed but tbh, i cannot see much reason to switch from my 2010 version to the 365. i store all my files locally in my skydrive folder that gets synchronized anyways. 365 looks nice and all, but i just dont see compelling advantages.

Yeah, there's not that many changes between 2010 and 2013 honestly... I only have 365 because of a special deal they have for university students.

Don't own a tablet yet but I have a feeling that a Windows RT device is on the Christmas list already. Outlook is about the biggest thing missing for me. With Remote Desktop I can even get all my work done if I had to (off a VM on Azure)

I've seen it last week (for just a few minutes) and it has the design similar to other desktop 2013 Office parts. It ran on a (MS Employees) Windows RT tablet.

I miss quite a view features in the standard mail app, thankfully they return with Outlook RT

Cool, MS *IS* listening!

With nextgen ARM pushing processing power and performance, no reason to say it can't be done.

Just stop selling 32gb devices or if you continue to sell 32gb devices, have the OS on its own bootdisk!