In the week that just passed, Microsoft released the beta version of their upcoming operating system titled Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Over the weekend, there will probably be a lot of users testing the build at its maximum and we are going to see how well Windows 8 performs by going through their feedback.
The all new Start Screen from Metro UI allows the user to access many of the features that Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with, such as the RSS feeds client or the e-mail client. This means that if you would like to check your e-mails you no longer have to open up a browser and then log-on to your favorite e-mail service.
In Windows 8 you can use the Metro Mail app to send or check e-mails, with just a couple of clicks. By default, the Metro Mail app in Windows 8 comes setup to use Microsoft’s e-mail service called Hotmail. If you do not have a Hotmail account or if you prefer to use Gmail as your e-mail service, this article is going to show you how to add your Gmail account to the Metro Mail app in Windows 8.
In the Metro Mail app from Windows 8, Microsoft decided to include an EAS module (Exchange ActiveSync), allowing you to synchronize Windows 8 with an e-mail service. Unfortunately, you will not be able to add e-mail account that use POP or IMAP because the Metro Mail app from Windows 8 does not support it.
As Gmail can be configured to use the Exchange ActiveSync module, below you will find the steps that you must follow to add a Gmail account to Metro Mail app in Windows 8.
When you finish entering your Gmail account credentials, click or tap on the connect button to add your Gmail account to the Metro Mail app in Windows 8. It will take a few moments for Windows 8 Metro Mail app to synchronize with your Gmail inbox but once it’s done, you can immediately start sending e-mails from Gmail using the very nice looking Metro Mail app interface, instead of the Gmail web interface.
If you want to synchronize your e-mail accounts connected to the Metro Mail app in Windows 8, you will have to right click in the e-mail app and the options menu will appear on the screen. Using the right click function you can also navigate to your Gmail folders or view the labels that you’ve setup for the e-mails.
Being able to add a Gmail account to the Metro Mail app in Windows 8 is a really nice addition that will definitely improve the overall user experience with the new operating system.