Windows 8 comes pre-integrated with the Mail app, which lets users configure their Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo, Google, or AOL etc. email accounts and begin to send/receive emails, create reminders, attach and share documents/links etc., create and join online meetings, update social networking sites, and do other miscellaneous things.
If you have been using Microsoft Outlook as your email communication from a long time and have decided to stick with it, you can set up and configure it in Windows 8 also like you would do in Windows 7 or previous versions. Setting up Outlook in the Windows 8 Mail app is quite easy and fast. Check the step-by-step instructions given below.
Tap or click the Windows 8 Mail app (you will see a Mail tile icon) on the Home screen. The Windows Mail app opens up.
If you are setting up your mail for the first time, you will see an Add an account option on the screen. Tap Add an account> Outlook. If you don’t see this option, bring up the Charms bar by pressing the Windows + C key combination on the keyboard. On the Charms bar, tap/click Settings> Accounts> Add an account.
On the Add your Outlook account screen, enter your email address and password in the respective boxes and then tap/click the Connect button. The Mail app will now take a while to search for your email server settings and automatically inject them. If the app is able to successfully configure your email account, it will prompt you to click the Finish button to do the final needful.
Click Finish to save changes and start using your Outlook mail account. The Mail app will also automatically add your contacts (Hotmail or other mail contacts) to the People and Calendar apps to let you immediately get updates (Facebook, Twitter etc.) from them.
If the Mail app was not able to successfully configure your account, it may present you with “Make my PC secure” or “What else do I need to know?” options. If you see the first option, tap Enforce these policies. If you see the second option, follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings or provide more details to the app.
If you want to modify your Outlook settings, bring up the Charms bar and click Settings> Accounts> select your email account. Change the settings and save them. To be able to use an IMAP, POP3 or HTTP account, make sure that you enter the correct server settings in the respective fields. You can contact your email service provider to obtain the correct settings and valid email ID details.
***The Windows 8 Mail app uses Exchange ActiveSync, which connects to your email server and helps other Windows 8 communication apps viz. Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging to make use of it to get latest updates. The app has certainly simplified users’ lives to such an extent that they can organize their lives and stay updated right from their Outlook accounts without delay.