Apart from confirming that future small Windows 8 tablets will come with a free copy of Office 2013, Microsoft has also confirmed that Windows RT tablets will be getting Outlook 2013 later this year when an update for this platform is rolled out. For Windows RT tablets, Outlook 2013 RT will be available as a free update. All future tablets running the stripped down version of Windows 8 will come bundled with Microsoft’s popular e-mail program. When Windows RT was released last year it had Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. Outlook was visibly absent.
Outlook 2013 RT is going to be a bit different than the full fledged Outlook 2013 program. Its not capable of running tools such as Visual Basic for Applications, like the latter is, these tools are used by developers to write and run custom programs. Data loss prevention capability is also absent from Outlook 2013 RT. It won’t allow the creation of e-mails with information rights management, though users will be able to read e-mails sent with IRM. Microsoft Lync software is also not compatible with Outlook 2013 RT. Microsoft says that this program has been purpose built for touch based use. It will have a clutter free streamlined user experience with users being able to reply to emails inline as well as take a look at contacts and calendar without switching tabs.