Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Mail and Calendar apps

By Alex Cocilova, PC World |  Windows, windows 8

First, let's dive into the Settings available within the Charms bar when the Mail app is active.

Accounts: This setting allows you to add any number of mail accounts from Hotmail, Outlook, Google, AOL, and Yahoo. Clicking on an added account produces a plethora of email-related options, such as the account's name, your name, when to download new mail, display settings for old mail, whether to automatically download images, using and editing an email signature, and some technical email-server options.

Account settings for Mail

The rest of the settings include Help (which takes you to Microsoft's FAQ page), About (which has technical information about the app), Feedback (which allows you to provide feedback on the app), Permissions (which holds the different things you have agreed that Mail can use), and Rate and Review (which takes you to the Windows Store to review the app).

For Calendar...

Now let's do the same for the Calendar app and look through the Settings in the Charms bar.

Accounts: This setting allows you to add any number of calendars from various sources. Choose Add an account and select Hotmail, Outlook, or Google. Enter the email address and associated password, and enjoy a newly synced calendar and account. Selecting an already added account will give you options nearly identical to those for mail, including naming the account, when to download new email, the types of content to sync (contacts, email, and calendar), and the option to remove the account.

Options: Here you can choose a few rudimentary options for your calendar. You can select which accounts' calendars are visible, as well as choose a specific color for each of their entries.

As with Mail, the rest of the settings include Help (which takes you to Microsoft's FAQ page), About (which offers technical information about the app), Feedback (which lets you give feedback on the app), Permissions (which has the different things you have allowed Calendar to use), and Rate and Review (which takes you to the Windows Store to review the app).

We'll now take a look at Mail's main options through the different areas, since the options are all contextual.

From Mail's main screen...

Opening the Options bar from this screen gives you Sync, 'Pin to Start', Move, and 'Mark unread' options. Sync communicates with your mail client and automatically syncs the account. 'Pin to Start' pins the current folder you're in to the Start menu (discussed below). Move allows you to shift an email message to a different folder. Finally, 'Mark unread' simply marks the highlighted email as a new message.

When you add multiple accounts, they will be available as tiles in the bottom-left corner of the screen, allowing you to switch accounts quickly.


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