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Outlook 2013 may be coming to Windows RT

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    Outlook 2013 may be coming to Windows RT

    Microsoft said to be testing an Outlook client for Windows RT | ZDNet

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    File this one in the "sources said" folder. But I've now heard from three of my contacts that Microsoft has completed and is testing internally a version of Outlook that runs on Windows RT-based devices.

    This "Outlook RT" would run on Microsoft's ARM-based Surface RT devices, as well as any/all other ARM-based Windows RT tablets and PCs.

    Here's the catch, though: According to two of these three sources, when/whether Microsoft will make Outlook RT commercially available is not yet decided. This might not ever happen, these sources stressed.

    One contact of mine said that there are some inside Redmond (the Windows unit) favoring the preservation of the integrated Windows 8/Windows RT Mail/Calendar/People app bundle as is. Some people in this camp are said to favor renaming the existing Windows 8/Windows RT Mail app to "Outlook." (Given we already have three different Outlooks -- the current Office Outlook, Outlook on Windows Phone (if you have your built-in email set up to display Outlook and/or or and -- I'm really hoping this won't happen. Which probably means it will.)

    Supposedly others (in the Office division) are bucking to release the "real" Outlook for Windows RT as a separate, native application.

    It will be interesting and telling to see which way Microsoft goes on this one. I think having the real Outlook natively available on Surface RT and Windows RT could boost the appeal of those platforms. But maybe Microsoft would rather hold back Outlook as something only available on Windows RT to those willing to pay monthly/annually for an Office 365 Home Premium subscription?

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    A follow-up item is here:

    The comments are as interesting as the article.

    I'd pay for an RT version of Outlook, but would really like to see a major improvement to the mail app.
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