The new updates for Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging have started trickling through, so it prompts the question – do Windows RT users rejoice because Outlook is no longer needed? No.

While I had previously posted that the messaging from Microsoft around Outlook on Windows RT had turned into “Do you really need Outlook, just improvements to the free apps?”. While these improvements to the free apps will help reduce absolute reliability on Outlook, unfortunately there is a great deal more to be desired. Drag and drop of messages into folders would be a nice start…

Anyway, I was expecting these updates to be bigger in scope and synchronised with the Office 365 release, and I was wrong on both counts. I really want to use these apps without pining for Outlook, but alas, it is not that time yet.