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Signs point to Microsoft releasing Outlook for Windows RT

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    Signs point to Microsoft releasing Outlook for Windows RT


    Back in January 2013, there was talk that Microsoft was considering releasing a version of its Outlook mail client for Windows RT. It looks like talk is advancing into likelihood.

    According to Windows SuperSite's Paul Thurrott, Outlook RT is being tested outside of Microsoft now, not just internally as it was a couple of months ago.

    Thurrott also said he heard that Microsoft delayed releasing Outlook RT due to a firmware issue in ARM that was triggering crashes. I had heard scuttlebutt that excessive battery usage might be at fault, but nothing confirmable.

    One of my sources said that Outlook RT has turned into a "top enterprise request," so the Office team had decided it should move forward and commercialize the port of Outlook to ARM. (I'm not so sure how many enterprises are really using Windows RT devices at this point, but I've heard Microsoft plans to increase its business-focused marketing push for Surface RTs and other Windows RT devices.)

    Read more at source:
    New signs point to Microsoft releasing Outlook for Windows RT this year | ZDNet

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    But will it be a Metro app?
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    Looking forward to it. The Mail app, although improved with the last update, is a pain. I'd pay good money for Outlook RT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    But will it be a Metro app?
    Kind of, sort of, maybe? I only took a quick look at that article but it looks to me to be an RT desktop application. They recoded Outlook to run on an RT (ARM processor) device. I don't think it's a Metro app. The office suite that is included is a specially recoded version just for the RT. It's included because your normal bought off of the shelf Microsoft Office will not work on an RT device. None of your regular x86 desktop software will install or run on an RT device. There are likely quit a few office workers and other business types that have a want or need for something like Outlook. It's my go to mail program.
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    They need to get Office as a WinRT app soon.
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    Office is a Windows RT application. Its called Windows RT. I believe its the equivalent to office home and student.
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    I believe Coke Robot is referring to Office becoming a Windows Store/Windows Design Language/Metro app, whatever Microsoft calls it nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Office is a Windows RT application. Its called Windows RT. I believe its the equivalent to office home and student.
    I mean WinRT as in the CODING platform. Windows RT is just Windows 8 on ARM, WinRT is the coding structure for the new metro designed apps. Currently, Office 2013 on Windows RT is on the Desktop, which is Win32 compiled for the RISC instruction set. I want to see Office, the WHOLE suite, in WinRT style and design. Probably the UI design will be around the Radial menu.....
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