Windows RT gets outlook, small Windows 8 tablets get free Office

Jordan O'Brien
June 5, 2013

If you have a Windows RT device, then it’s incredibly likely that you’ve moaned about the on-board email app, and wish there was something with a little more oomph.

Luckily, Microsoft has your back with today’s announcement that Windows RT 8.1 will include a full Outlook desktop app ‘ bringing the powerful email client to Microsoft’s tablet-centric OS.

If you’re hoping for a touch-friendly version of Outlook, then sadly that’s not the case here. Instead Microsoft has simply ported the full desktop version and enabled it to run in the desktop-mode on Windows RT.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to many, as Microsoft has yet to announce touch versions of its over Office apps, such as Word and Excel, with OneNote being the only Office app with the modern UI.

There are rumours that Microsoft is planning on bringing the office suite in-line with OneNote, by making a touch-centric version, but that isn’t expected until later this year.

Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, recently said that an Outlook for RT would make his “life complete”. His company currently produces the processors found in several Windows RT devices, including Microsoft’s own Surface RT.

Microsoft has also confirmed that smaller Windows 8 tablets, which means devices with a 7 and 8-inch screen, will also receive a free copy of Office — like Windows RT tablets currently do.


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