Outlook 2013 RT final for Windows RT 8.1 released with restrictions

Outlook 2013 RT running in Surface

Good news! For those still running Outlook 2013 RT Preview, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft just released the final version of Outlook 2013 RT for Windows RT 8.1. If you still using the preview, you should update to the latest version from the Windows Store ASAP as the current license is set to expire before January 2014.

If you’re using Outlook 2013 RT in your Surface or any Windows RT 8.1 device there are a few things you want to know. For example, the popular mail client can connect to Exchange Server 2013, 2010, or 2007 only if Autodiscover service is configured. The bad news, though, is that Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t support the following features in Exchange:

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

Furthermore you cannot:

  • Add fax accounts.
  • Configure Group Policy.
  • Use Junk settings when connected to IMAP, POP3, or Outlook.com.
  • Display Outlook Contact Card on active link to users’ SharePoint My Site pages. But you can connect to and synchronize with SharePoint lists.
  • Integrate Lync with Outlook 2013 RT.
  • Set IRM on new email messages.
  • Run add-ins, macros, or custom programs created by anyone.

If you want to know more about this release, read this article from the Office IT Pro Blog.