We are expexting delivery of our first test batch of Tablets (Dell Latitude 10's) for some of our people and I wonder how to set it up as standard setup. This is based on the "mediocre" experiences with integrated apps and me wondering how to deal with office features (mostly outlook).
WIndows 8 comes with apps for email and calendar, but they are LIMITED. Email is close to non operational (you can not even flag item, less functionality than my phone has). Calendar and address book are actually better. OTOH, Outlook 2013 does not support Metro and does not provide life tiles.
This leaves me in a bad double situation. How do I set things up for users as standard? Force them to use Outlook 2013, but then there are no life tiles and - simply speaking - no integration with the lock screen (see mails are there).
If I set up the local apps, then emails etc. appear in 2 applications. And that in a BAD way - I was trying that with my desktop for some time, and the "read" marker from the windows RT app never migrated to exchange in anything acceptable. Which means basically a lot of trouble. People WILL have office installed for the obvious administrative work (we plan replacing office people computers with tablets plus docking station - the tablet, a large screen, real keyboard and mouse).
In addition - what to do with the integrated chat, these days when skype is taking this over anyway? Remove it so there is skype (only)?
Any advice for that? How you guys handle or plan to handle this? It would be easiest if Outlook would provide a life tile and / or if the integrated apps would not be the totally rock bottom in terms of functionality and at least be around the level of - well -windows phone ;)