Outlook RT in Windows RT 8.1 Preview sees several features removed for ‘security and mobility’

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Outlook RT

Along with the debut of the Windows 8.1 Preview came the Windows RT 8.1 Preview. In the Windows RT 8.1 Preview, users were able to finally get their hands on the new Outlook RT (in beta form). Unfortunately, Outlook RT does not contain the same features as you see in Outlook 2013.

“With the release of Windows RT 8.1 Preview, users get a bona fide Outlook 2013 application, with most of the familiar look and feature functionality found in the enterprise version of Outlook,” Microsoft states. So what features are missing?

According to Microsoft, tablets have special needs for security and mobility, therefore several features were cut from Outlook RT. These features include 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, Information Rights Management (IRM), Microsoft Lync or SharePoint integration, Fax providers, or Group Policy.

Most if not all of these features are of no concern to those who simply want a native email client such as Outlook on their Surface RT device. But for all you hardcore users, Outlook RT may not be what you hoped it would be.

Have you tested Outlook RT after installing the Windows RT 8.1 Preview on your Surface RT device?