Back in January, we heard that Microsoft had thrown together an ARM port of Outlook for Windows RT devices, like the company’s own Surface RT. At the time, it sounded like internal strife might keep the app from ever seeing the light of day. Now, though, a couple new rumors about Outlook RT have arrived, and they’re making it sound like not only could Microsoft have made up its mind to actually release the software, but that it could be arriving relatively soon.
Paul Thurrott witnessed a couple of Surface RT tablets running Outlook during a visit to Microsoft’s campus. Intriguingly, the owners of these tablets weren’t Microsoft employees, suggesting that the app has matured past strictly internal testing. In fact, by some accounts, it may be fully ready to go for a commercial release.
Mary Jo Foley has heard from her own sources that demand from business customers may have been behind Microsoft’s decision to go forward with Outlook RT. The question now seems to be inching away from whether or not it will come out, and instead becoming a matter of how Microsoft will go about releasing it. One theory suggests it wouldn’t be free, and could only be available to Office 365 subscribers.