Written by Nick Heer.

Straight Out of BlackBerry’s PlayBook

Microsoft’s Chris Schneider:

Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft’s Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year. This means that if you have a Microsoft Surface or a Windows RT tablet made by one of our hardware partners, or you are planning to buy one, you’ll soon have access to the familiar tools in Outlook that help you communicate with others, manage your contacts and appointments, and find information fast.

The BlackBerry PlayBook launched without email or calendar apps, too, opting to include them in an update launched at increasingly later dates. Just look at how that strategy fared for them.