Outlook 2013 RT Preview arrives, misses enterprise features

If you're running the Windows RT 8.1 Preview, Outlook 2013 RT is now available to add to your collection of Office 2013 apps loaded as part of the operating system update. The client is mostly unchanged from the version of Outlook available as part of Office 2013 for x86 machines, although a number of enterprise features have been removed.

Microsoft's Office IT Pro Blog has listed everything that's not available in Office 2013 RT, citing "special needs for security and mobility" as reasons why Windows RT tablets don't get these features. Here's a quick breakdown of the missing features:

  • For mailboxes, there's no Online Archive or Personal Archive mailboxes, or Site Mailboxes
  • No Messaging Records Management retention policies
  • No Data Loss Prevention policy tips
  • There's no support for Information Rights Management on new email messages
  • No macros, add-ins or custom programs can be run
  • Microsoft Lync isn't integrated into Outlook 2013 RT; neither is SharePoint
  • No support for fax accounts
  • The app can't be configured through Group Policy

The Office IT Pro Blog also clarified enterprise licensing for Office 2013 RT in both Windows RT and the Windows RT 8.1 Preview, stating that as long as you have a commercial use license or commercial license for Office 2013 that includes Outlook, you'll be able to use Outlook 2013 RT in a business environment.

While the current version is just a Preview and seems relatively stable, come the final release of Windows RT 8.1, Office 2013 RT should be updated and fully ready for everyday use.

Source: Office IT Pro Blog

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Some pretty cool observations on a vivotab rt...
- upgrade was smooth and painless.
- not only did apps migrate, but favorites and start screen from win8.1 pro notebook
- Connects to exchange 2010
- connects to SharePoint and remote desktop sessions on sbs2011

One more thing with the outlook client, they've added a 'mouse' or 'tablet' interface option that ends space between menus and selections. Pretty slick!

Microsoft still does not seem to understand that Windows-8 RT, and to a little less extent, Windows-8 is just not designed for office/enterprise use. Its the tablet centric UI problem.

What tablet specific UI on non-RT?
The start screen? The hotcorners which suit a mouse much better from my experience?
The optional Modern/Metro apps? (yes... optional)

And enterprises and the like have their own image anyways, where including 1 extra app or config setting like classicshell or a boot-to-desktop registry entry is not a problem.

CAP-Team said,
Since Windows RT is aimed at home use, why should Outlook 2013 RT have enterprise functionality?

Because I'd like to use my Surface RT for simple tasks outside of work. I don't want to lug around a full laptop with Outlook 2013. Surface RT gives me Outlook 2013 RT. Which is pretty much all I need when on the go.

I'll be able to view all my emails, contacts, shared calendars, etc.

And I'll do this on a light device with great battery that doesnt cost as much as a Surface Pro.

This is so stupid! How is this ment to compete with the ipad or android devices when it cant even be joined to an active directory domain! Jees even android can run the full version of Office 2013 Pro Plus (with VL) And the IPad can join an active directory domain and have all its settings managed through group policy!

Oh wait that's right they cant! It woud be an awesome addition but don't kid yourself there's nothing on arm that comes remotely close to Windows RT.

I think this has more to do with getting some ground for Windows RT at all, not with competing with Android/iOS. So it's more like competing with regular Windows in this case.

bviktor said,
Group Policy is the only important one. I'd be surprised if they didn't fix it till release time.

RT itself can't be managed through GPO, and they have no intention of making it enterprise capable.m that's what full version is for.

It can be managed using group policy run gpedit.msc on it, it can also import a security policy using secpol.msc what it lacks is the ability to join an active directory domain.

RSAT and Active Directory would be great but for now we are getting Workplace Join

Windows RT is a consumer OS that isn't designed for the enterprise in the first place.
Why would Outlook RT be any different?

It's already a huge improvement over what they have now. Certainly something to boast about when comparing it to an iPad for business use. However for some companies these things are essential and without it there might as well not be an Outlook RT. So hopefully this isnt the final feature-set and these things get added before release. Because if they do a lot of small businesses can use RT for all their business needs. I'm thinking small attorney offices and other service providerd that basically have Outlook as their workflowsystem.

Hello,

I look at this as being a step closer to providing the Outlook 2013 feature set/experience on Windows RT. It may not have all the features of its x86 cousin when it eventually does ship, but it is closer to the "main" version.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

This isn't the same Outlook application that's supposed to replace the Mail app right?

Outlook 2013 RT = Outlook 2013 for Windows RT

Outlook = Mail app revamped for Outlook.com features. Not yet released.

Correct?

MidTxWRX said,
This isn't the same Outlook application that's supposed to replace the Mail app right?

Outlook 2013 RT = Outlook 2013 for Windows RT

Outlook = Mail app revamped for Outlook.com features. Not yet released.

Correct?


as far as i can tell, yes

SK[ said,]They are replacing Mail with Outlook in 8.1?

In Windows 8.1 you still have the Mail app, but you also have Outlook 2013 RT.

We expect them to replace the Mail app (or at least redesign it) soon. Look at the Mail app that they used in the Microsoft Build Keynote. It's got way more options and features.

The app that will replace the Mail app will be called Outlook... and not because of Microsoft Office Outlook but because of Outlook.com. At least that's what I've gathered.

I very much doubt this is designed as a first class citizen, its more for convenience and you'll probably still need full outlook on another device to get the full feature set.

duddit2 said,
I very much doubt this is designed as a first class citizen, its more for convenience and you'll probably still need full outlook on another device to get the full feature set.

It says

The client is mostly unchanged from the version of Outlook available as part of Office 2013 for x86 machines...
so I would assume that apart from those enterprise features which most of the consumers (even some prosumers) would not really care about.

wrack said,

It says so I would assume that apart from those enterprise features which most of the consumers (even some prosumers) would not really care about.

Yeah I wasn't clear, I mean first class as in if you need the full feature set of outlook its unlikely that the only device you have is an RT tablet/laptop. You will most likely be doing the bulk of your work on an x86 machine with full outlook.

Well technically those features should not matter to normal user wanting a more richer mail client application.

For those who are enterprise users, if they miss those features then the lack of the ability to manage the device via GP should be their main priority. I believe by the time the RT version of Windows can be managed by GP the rest of the features will be back.

wrack said,
Well technically those features should not matter to normal user wanting a more richer mail client application.

I know, the features missing are all things which would not effect WindowsRT anyway... Like Lync intergration for example, you cant even install the Lync client so whats the point

The things I was missing in the M-UI mail and cal app were rich mail management and calendar management like room scheduling and such. This update fixes those and other missing features.

RT is meant to be a companion device so the things missing, I can now live with.

I doubt the list of things it's missing will be that way when it finally comes out. If this is set to release next to Win 8.1 then they have time to add back those features.

GP007 said,
I doubt the list of things it's missing will be that way when it finally comes out. If this is set to release next to Win 8.1 then they have time to add back those features.

Keep dreaming. They have no incentive to "fix" it. It's the consumer version.

This list seems right to me. Things like missing Macro functions are missing in all RT Office and they are a security issue (although very useful). Also Lync is a M-UI app so no integration also makes sense.

Remember that this is just a stop gap measure till they can get the M-UI versions out.

Who was it that prayed to the RT gods for Outlook? Someone famous, but it slips my mind. PC manufacturer CEO maybe? Meh.

His praying paid off!

Mulsivaas said,
Who was it that prayed to the RT gods for Outlook? Someone famous, but it slips my mind. PC manufacturer CEO maybe? Meh.

His praying paid off!


It was the NVIDIA ceo.