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10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets

Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets, despite their merits, aren't exactly selling like hotcakes. Here's what Microsoft might do to change that.
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Windows RT devices come with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT, which includes tablet-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. What's missing? Outlook, of course, but that may change soon. Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows reported last month that Outlook for RT exists. However, it's unclear how or when Microsoft will release it. The addition of Outlook could help make the Surface RT -- and the Windows RT platform in general -- more appealing to longtime Office users, both business and consumer.

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5/2/2013 | 9:26:18 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Drop the price $200 on the RT and $300 on the Pro and I'll buy one of each. I love the Windows 8 phone, and I've had Apple and Android. Apps are getting better daily.
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5/2/2013 | 6:00:25 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
My first reaction to RT and the Surface was: Where is the killer app? I believe it could (still be) be OneNote WITH the "synchronized" audio recording feature available in the full desktop version of OneNote. This poorly advertized feature is amazing and would be incredible for business meetings and students. I felt so strongly about this, I emailed Balmer who passed it on to Kurt DelBene, head of the Office Product group. He replied and explained there wasn't enough time to rewrite the feature for the first release on Windows RT. I hope we really do see this feature soon and believe it could be the basis for a far better advertising campaign than table top break dancers!
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