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Microsoft to Release Outlook 2013 for Windows RT as Part of Windows 8.1 Update

surface_04If you’re not happy with the built-in Mail app in Windows RT, there’s good news on the horizon. Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft’s Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available later this year as part of the free Windows 8.1 update.

Reller made the announcement on Wednesday as part of the Microsoft keynote at Computex Taipei event taking place this week.

According to a post on the Office News blog:

The new Outlook has so much to offer including a streamlined user experience that reduces clutter and makes your content king.  From cool new features like quickly responding to email with inline reply, to using ‘peeks’ to view your calendar or contacts without having to manually switch between tabs, Outlook brings great new tools to your fingertips.  And with today’s news, Outlook will soon be available across Windows PCs, phones and tablets.

This news comes on the heels of a recent announcement that Microsoft is giving you a free keyboard cover for Surface tablets purchased for the next month. Whether the addition of Outlook and a free keyboard will help spur slow Surface RT sales remains to be seen. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction though.

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