What’s your favorite Windows 8 email client? Had enough of the default Outlook or other third-party desktop email clients like Thunderbird or Mailbird? Here are some native email clients for Windows 8. They are available in the Windows store for free and require less steps to configure your personal email accounts.
Metro Mail only supports Gmail accounts. Upon launching the app, you need to log in with your Gmail username and password; afterwards, you’ll be prompted with a dialog box that reads “Would like to configure instant notifications now?” Click the “Do not show again” option to access the inbox immediately. The red-themed mail app is divided into three columns as shown below.
After using it, I only have three words to describe it: simple, straightforward, and neat (UI). The learning curve isn’t excruciating, so you won’t have a hard time navigating it. And when you select an email, it automatically shows the other options like “Select All”, “Archive” and more. However, once you click the “Select All” messages option, it doesn’t show all the items in the inbox even if you scroll down.
Second, you may also want to check Inbox; it supports Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook accounts. Upon logging in, it’ll prompt you to enter Gmail details, and then you can configure the other mailboxes later.
It has few options, and there are random ads popping up once in awhile. On preview mode of the inbox, right click the screen to activate the menu below that shows “Refresh,” “Info,” “Rate” and the three mailboxes. You can also check Inbox 8, which also shares the same UI/UX but has larger buttons and fonts.
3. Inbox for Gmail
This is a Gmail-focused app in a coral- or orange-themed dashboard with readable fonts on the left-side menu; it shows the webmail version of the inbox on the other pane. You’ll only find the “Refresh” option below beside the “More apps” button.
The TouchMail email client politely asks if you will allow it to run in the background once you launch the app, and in case you won’t allow it, it will still direct you to the dashboard where you can enter the account details. Simply enter your email and password to connect to the server. Though it’s actually designed for touchscreen devices, TouchMail provides a quick tutorial for easy navigation like how to filter people, unread messages, and more.
Instead of the boring texts and headings we often browse, TouchMail turns them into colorful visual tiles that you can navigate using the mouse or fingertips (for touchscreen devices). You can resize them, too, using the (-) and (+) buttons located on the bottom-right side.
5. AirWatch Inbox
The AirWatch Inbox email client is designed for corporate mail users and BYOD practitioners and features an AES-256 bit encryption to protect the mailbox; it’s capable of separating enterprise and personal information within. You can access emails, contacts, and calendar under one roof, similar to the Microsoft Outlook iOS client browsing experience. However, you need the assistance of corporate admins to enrol the devices and provide login credentials for the one-time set-up.
Frankly, there are only a few options in the Windows Store when it comes to email apps, and they’re also available in other mobile platforms. I also tried the MailXprZ app that supports Google, AOL and Yahoo, but whenever I log my details, the app crashes. Meanwhile, I tried this GroupMail Touch app that allows you to send emails by group, but I find it odd because there are no options where users can set up the username and password.
Overall, the MetroMail and TouchMail look promising if you’re a die-hard Windows 8 user and would like to use native apps to manage your emails. However, it can be quite risky to let third-party clients handle them, let alone access your sensitive files. Better do your homework first and think twice before throwing the dice.
Did I miss any promising or noteworthy native apps? Feel free to suggest and add them in the comments below so our readers can check them out, too.