Outlook 2013 RT for Windows tablets will be available for free as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft Windows CFO and CMO Tami Reller announced earlier today at the Computex 2013 trade show in Taipei. Anyone with a Microsoft Surface RT or any other Windows RT tablet will get Outlook RT for the device, and new tablets will also feature the email service for free.
The decision to offer Outlook 2013 RT for free was a response to consumer demand for more Office services on Windows RT, according to Microsoft.
“We’re always listening to our customers and one piece of feedback was that people want the power of Outlook on all their Windows PCs and tablets,” notes Microsoft. “In fact, a Morgan Stanley research study found that 61% of people shopping for tablets consider Microsoft Office to be the single most important software feature.”
Outlook 2013 RT, specifically designed for touch screen use, joins Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on RT tablets. It offers a number of new features including quick inline reply, and the ability to “peek” at your calendar or contact while writing an email without leaving the page. A preview of Windows 8.1 will be available on June 25 and the update will officially launch later this year.