Outlook 2013 support for tablets and smartphones explained

The recent launch of the Office 2013 preview version also included a look at an early build of Outlook 2013, the included email client software from Microsoft. Many users will access Outlook 2013 from a tablet, such as Microsoft's Surface device, or from a smartphone such as those being made for Windows Phone 8.

In a new Outlook post, Microsoft goes over some of the features that Outlook 2013 users can expect when accessing the software on a tablet or a smaller smartphone-sized screen.  For example, icons for major features such as Mail, Calendar, People, and Task are bigger for people to use with their fingers on a tablet. Outlook 2013 also has a new menu on the right side of the program called the Touch Actions Bar. Microsoft states, "It's conveniently located on the right edge of the screen so you can use your thumb to quickly perform common actions such as Reply, Delete, Flag and Mark Unread."

For a notebook-tablet hybrid device, the touch mode in Outlook 2013 may not automatically be available. However, it will have a Touch Mode selection in the Quick Action Toolbar that will enable the touch screen features manually.

For Outlook 2013 users with smaller screens, Microsoft says, "Outlook will detect that you are on a compact device, and collapse the navigation pane and ribbon by default just as it does for tablets. Email headers and the Outlook Social Connector use smaller pictures and shrink in size."

Source: Outlook blog | Image via Microsoft

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When they speak about smartphones do they mean accesing Outlook using the browser? I have WP7.5 and the email, calendar apps have nothing to do with Outlook, unfortunately.

i know i'm missing something, but can somebody tell me what's the advantage of having outlook over the free mail, people, calendar, and tasks apps separately?

Sas Center said,
i know i'm missing something, but can somebody tell me what's the advantage of having outlook over the free mail, people, calendar, and tasks apps separately?

I use Outlook for my business -- but I'm going to get a Surface RT and will use Mail and Calendar on that... so I'll let you know in October!

Sas Center said,
i know i'm missing something, but can somebody tell me what's the advantage of having outlook over the free mail, people, calendar, and tasks apps separately?

It's a good question. I have both Outlook and the built in apps, I use outlook at work as it is more robust, I spend more time in e-mail there than I do at home. I have 4 monitors and outlook gets its own monitor, while my metro apps use another screen. At home, however, I have outlook 2013 but I never open it and use the metro apps instead. They don't have all the same functionality but for basic scheduling (drs appointments, meal planning, etc), communicating with work and my family via e-mail, and basic contact management, the built in metro apps work fine.

Sas Center said,
i know i'm missing something, but can somebody tell me what's the advantage of having outlook over the free mail, people, calendar, and tasks apps separately?

One is like driving a Smart Car and the other is like driving a 2012 Cadillac 4 door sedan.**
http://www.cadillac.com/2012-cts-v-luxury-sedan.html

They both get you where you are going, but one does it with a lot more features.
http://office.microsoft.com/en...d-benefits-HA101810016.aspx

There are a lot of features in Outlook that are only 'partially' in other email/address/calendar clients.

Outlook can also handle a huge amount of data. Inbox of 50gb, no problem and it opens instantly and maintains all email tracking and links and is searchable instantly. Try even 2-5gb with other non-Microsoft clients, like Thunderbird or the Eudora, and you will have to make breakfast while waiting for them to open, and crawl trying to sync and download content new email.

Outlook is for heavy email users that need a localized client with a lot of power and tracking features.

**(Note the Cadillac is faster than most 2 Seat Sports cars and also out corners them.)

Sas Center said,
i know i'm missing something, but can somebody tell me what's the advantage of having outlook over the free mail, people, calendar, and tasks apps separately?

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