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Outlook is a game changer for Windows RT tablets

Tony Bradley | June 6, 2013
Between Outlook, and the rest of the new features with Windows 8.1, Windows RT tablets will be much more attractive to both businesses and consumers.

OneNote MX, with its radial menus, offers a far better experience than OneNote 2013 when working with a touchscreen display. It doesn't appear to be part of this update, but Microsoft should be working on developing dedicated Windows 8 MX versions of all of the Office apps.

What about iOS and Android?
Office is a powerful carrot that Microsoft hopes will lure customers over to Windows tablets — be they Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro models. The addition of Outlook is a significant advantage for Windows RT tablets, but even if Windows RT doubles...or even triples its market share, there will still be a massive audience of iOS and Android tablet users left in the cold.

According to an alleged internal roadmap document leaked a couple months ago, Outlook RT was not supposed to be ready until late 2014. That roadmap also suggested that Office for iOS and Android might also become available around the same time.

It's possible the leaked roadmap was simply wrong. Assuming it was legitimate, the accelerated availability of Outlook RT suggests a spark of hope that Office for iOS and Android will also be available earlier than anticipated.

I've asked Microsoft whether or not that's the case. If Microsoft is working on iOS or Android versions of the Office apps, it's still being coy about it. The official response I got was, "We have a great Office experience on Windows 8 tablets.  For iPad and Android tablets, people can use Office Web Apps."

 

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