There are tens of thousands of apps available for Windows 8 in the Windows Store, but Windows 8 also comes with a number of apps designed for the Modern (aka “Metro”) interface by default.

For Day 9 of the 30 Days with Surface Pro series, I am taking a closer look at the three most useful ones when it comes to productivity: Mail, People, and Calendar.

If you’ve been following the whole 30 Days with Surface Pro series, then you know that on Day 3 I covered the different ways to log in to Windows 8.

That’s relevant today, because if you log in with a Local account you can’t use apps like Mail, People, and Calendar. You have to log in with a Microsoft account in order for them to work.

There are some great benefits that come along with logging in to the Microsoft account, but one down side is that it then syncs all of my mail, contacts, and calendar events with the underlying Microsoft account–which I don’t really use or maintain.

Read Surface Pro, Day 9: A closer look at the default apps for more about my experience with the Mail, People, and Calendar apps on the Surface Pro.

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