Outlook 2013 RT Preview Launched

Outlook 2013 RT for Windows RT 8.1 Preview is now available, download it: here!

Outlook 2013 RT, in your enterprise

Windows RT 8 and Windows RT 8.1 Preview ship with Office Home & Student. If your organization also purchased commercial use rights or has a commercial license to Office 2013 suites that include Outlook, your users can use Outlook 2013 RT to get to business on their RT devices too.

Here is a breakdown of some of the limitations, as expected:

Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 mailbox accounts

Outlook 2013 RT can connect to your organization’s Exchange Server 2007, 2010, or 2013 as long as the Autodiscover service is configured. However, Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t support these Microsoft Exchange features:

  • Online Archive or Personal Archive mailboxes
  • Applying Messaging Records Management (MRM) retention policies
  • Site Mailboxes
  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policy tips

VBA and COM Add-ins

Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t run macros, add-ins, or other custom programs or solutions developed within your organization or by third parties. This applies to all applications that are included with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (which is installed automatically with Windows RT 8.1 Preview).

Information Rights Management (IRM)

Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t allow you to set IRM on new email messages.

Microsoft Lync integration

There is no integration between Outlook 2013 RT and Lync. This applies to all applications that are included with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

SharePoint integration

Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t support integration with SharePoint. The Outlook Contact Card doesn’t display an active link to users’ SharePoint My Site pages.

Fax providers

You cannot add a fax account to Outlook 2013 RT.

Group Policy

Outlook 2013 RT cannot be configured using Group Policy. This applies to all applications that are included with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

Read the Outlook RT FAQ for more information.

Source: Office IT Pro Blog

  • Marc Spencer

    They’re kidding, right?
    “Here’s Outlook, but every enterprise feature that makes it Outlook… well… we’re sorry, those are not supported. It’s just supposed to look like we are giving you Outlook on Windows RT, nobody told us we had to deliver.”

    Almost like that crippled piece of software they call Outlook on Mac OS X.
    Which is a joke. Really.

    • AK_91

      To be fair they do give it for free on RT devices with Office Home & Student RT.

    • Bugbog

      You expect them to give away the baby with the crib?

  • PoohGQ

    Well, at least they support Exchange and Office 365 where I think they’ll be pushing the enterprise to adopt..

  • soder

    At least we have outlook for surface rt now. While I agree some of these limitations are quite painful for some of us (especially the macros and com plugins), those limitations were in a way expected similar to the limitations in other office applications.