Till date, we had to separately install an e-mail client like Windows Live Mail or Outlook.
This will change with Windows 8. Microsoft has bundled an e-mail client along with Windows 8.
Naturally, it is designed based on the Modern-styled user interface. Even the name is kept simple – Mail.
Mail can be used to manage multiple mail accounts from various services providers.
Despite providing a very simple interface, it provides most of the features that a robust client should have.
Launch the app by clicking on its app tile in the Start Screen. If you launched Mail app for the first time, then you will see nothing much on the main screen. You will need to add a mail account.
Summon the Settings Charm to add a mail account, and click on “Add an Account”. It will list the service providers that Mail app currently supports.
Select a mail service whose account you want to add. The app will then ask you to enter the credentials of the selected service.
Once the credentials are authenticated, Mail fetches list of folders as well as mails from your account, and makes its interface ready for use.
The main interface has 3 panes.
The context menu, summoned by right-clicking anywhere in the screen, provides options like
Click on the Plus button on the main screen to compose a new mail. The resulting interface looks like this.
In the left pane, you can
In the right pane, you write the subject and body of the mail. It also hosts two buttons, first to send mail, and second to save the mail in drafts or delete it.
The context menu provides rich text formatting options like customizing font face, bold, italic underline, font color, highlighting text, adding emoticons, etc.
Like a true Modern-styled app, Mail implements Windows 8’s Search Charm to provide users search functionality. You can search for mails in the current folder.
Searching “amazon” gave me 5 mails in the inbox of Google mail account.
Mail makes good use of Devices Charm. You can send a mail for printing, or to a secondary (maybe, huge) screen, from within the Mail app.
Summon Devices Charm, which will list the devices to which Mail can send something.
I chose OneNote, which acts as a printer. The charm then displays options to customize the printing, like changing the orientation, setting the paper size, etc. Click Print to send the mail for printing.
Mail displays its account settings in Settings Charm. Through this charm, you can add a new mail account, and manage existing accounts.
Open Settings Charm, and select an existing account.
Settings Charm presents your customization options for the selected account, like