Finally: Outlook RT Will Arrive to Surface Users With Windows 8.1

During the Computex show in Taiwan, Microsoft’s CFO Tami Reller gave users the app that they have been wanting on their Windows Surface units, Outlook RT.

As the Surface RT and Surface Pro units have been missing this integral part of the Microsoft Office puzzle, it gives users a reason to cheer.

As users have been wanting Outlook RT on their Surface units since it’s arrival on the retail shelves, Microsoft finally announced the product that users have been wanting since day 1. With this Outlook RT announcement, Microsoft stated that Office RT has been a request that has been on the top of the lists for both consumers and enterprise users.

Microsoft Announces Outlook RT Progress

Outlook RT Arrives June 26th

Microsoft announced that the preview of a desktop version of Outlook that can run on the Surface units will be available when Windows 8.1 is released in its preview form on the Windows Store. The final version is expected to be released later in the year, and users will be able to use Outlook RT in its Metro Style format.

Outlook RT To Operate Like its desktop companion

The Outlook RT version that is expected to be released is expected to be the full companion of the desktop version of Outlook. It’s being built as a complement according to those in the know, and have the same functionalities and abilities of the desktop application that is on all Office installations.

Other Microsoft Office products available as well

During its Computex speech in Taiwan, Microsoft also announced that versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint will be available to Windows 8.1 tablets and PC’s right away. This will give users the ability to use these products as soon as they take them out of the box, and should give it a leg up over other tablets and PC’s on the market.

With its announcements in Taiwan during Computex, Microsoft announced that it is going after the mobile professional market with its release of Outlook 2013 RT and that it is listening to its users for requests. According to various reports, Outlook RT wasn’t expected to be released until next year, but those reports have been proven to be false and not true. Whether or not this progress of mobile Office applications will lead to Microsoft releasing versions of its programs to iOS or Android is unknown as well.

Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013 Last Modified: June 6, 2013

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