Microsoft released Windows RT tablets with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but, one thing it left out was Outlook. Business and enterprise users were not impressed with the absence of this mail client and different sources pitched different reasons for the absence of Outlook from Windows RT the primary being battery issues.
Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite visited Microsoft campus this week and stumbled upon two Windows RT tablet users who had Outlook installed. According to Thurrott neither of the two were Microsoft employees, which indicated that Outlook for Windows RT is near ready for release. “It’s perhaps more interesting that Outlook RT has made its way outside of Microsoft as well. This suggests that it’s much closer to an actual release, though I have no information about when that might happen”, noted Thurrott.
According to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Outlook on Windows RT is one of the top enterprise requests. This is surprising as we haven’t come across many enterprises where Windows RT tablets are being used. But, having said that Microsoft may very well be trying to leverage its enterprise presence and push forwards Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets and Outlook may be the link that has been missing.
Microsoft’s plans also include release of Office for iOS but, Thurrott is of the opinion that Redmond is not going to release that up until it release Outlook for Windows RT otherwise it may turn out that Windows RT users may jump ship.