Microsoft has announced its intention to bring Outlook 2013 to the RT version of Windows 8 tablets offered by itself and partner vendors such as Dell, Lenovo and Asus as another part of the 8.1 update to the platform.
The firm’s chief financial officer, Tami Reller, revealed the plans when speaking at Computex in Taiwan. Microsoft is also hosting its TechEd event in New Orleans this week, where it has has given more insights into the first update for the Windows 8 platform.
Explaining more about the plans in a blog post, communications manager at Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc, said that the arrival of Outlook on RT machines would be a welcome boost for business users of devices running on the platform.
“We know that the addition of Outlook for those using ARM-based Windows devices such as the Surface RT, Dell XPS 10, Lenovo Yoga 11, and Asus VivoTab RT as well as new tablets to come in the future has been a popular request from consumers and businesses alike,” he said in the blog post.
“We’ve listened and Outlook will be joining the other Office applications currently available on Windows RT, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.”
The update will bring numerous features to the applications, such as inline replies and using 'peeks' to view your calendar or contacts without having to switch between tabs, Microsoft explained in a more detailed blog post.
Microsoft will be hoping such additions boost interest in the Windows 8 platform among the business community, which has so far been lukewarm despite confidence from Microsoft that interest in the platform will pick up.
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