Outlook 2013 RT coming to Microsoft Surface and other tablets as part of Windows 8.1

Microsoft has announced it will be bringing a version of its new Outlook 2013 application to Windows RT tablets, including the Microsoft Surface and other Windows 8 slates from a variety of other hardware manufacturers.

Revealed during Computex 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan, by Tami Reller, Microsoft's CMO and CFO of its Windows division, the new Office 2013 RT software will be part of the Windows 8.1 update due later this year.

The new Outlook has a streamlined, cleaner look. It features inline reply functionality and allows you to peek into your calendar and contacts without your having to open each section individually. If you have used Outlook in the past, you'll know that switch between functions was a pain because you had to leave Mail to open Calendar, Contacts or Tasks instead.

Microsoft also revealed that Outlook will soon be available on smartphones as well as tablets and PCs.