If you’ve a Windows RT device (such as Microsoft Surface RT, ASUS VivoTab RT), you’ll know that it doesn’t run Outlook, Microsoft’s desktop email app/personal information manager. While it’s part of the Microsoft Office suite, the specially compiled RT version of Office that comes pre-installed on all Windows RT devices doesn’t come with it either (for those unaware, it comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). Thus, many Windows RT users (especially business users who rely on Microsoft Exchange Server) often have to resort to running a combination of the built-in Modern-style Mail app and the Outlook Web App.
Well, according to Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows fame, not only is an RT version of Outlook in the works, it has actually been created and in shipping form, as he has witnessed it running on two Surface RT tablets during his recent visit to the Microsoft campus. And because the owners aren’t Microsoft’s employees, Thurrott’s guess is this means the app is edging closer to an official release.
Thurrott also shared a few more interesting tidbits he’s heard from his sources. Purportedly, Outlook RT didn’t make it in time for the release of Windows RT because it’s plagued by ‘a firmware bug in the ARM chipset’ and suffers from ‘battery life issues’. And oh, regarding Office for iPad, Thurrott has heard that it’d not come until Outlook RT ships. The reason given makes sense: Microsoft wants to provide Outlook to its own Windows users before iPad users. Either way, this sounds like good news to both Windows RT and iPad users.