Microsoft details Mail app in Windows 8, comes with IMAP support

In a new Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft outlines its plans for the new Mail app in Windows 8. The Mail app features a Metro style interface that places emphasis on the content and makes it easier to share, print, and stay current on your email.

“Email is an important part of our daily lives. We’re still continually working to improve Mail and have many more features on the way. Today we’re excited about the response to the app and the first preview release. We believe that people want a great email app that meets their modern expectations and, based on usage, we are seeing this in the Windows 8 Mail app,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post. The new Mail app features response commands grouped into a single top-level command, since they perform a similar function. The delete command is in the corner, near the cancel command when writing an email. The message list spans from the top to the bottom of the Mail app and doesn’t show any message previews. More messages can now be displayed thanks to a smaller font. The reading pane also features a width of 640px, so that most newsletters, receipts, and other mail can fit without showing a scrollbar. The Mail app also supports the snap feature in Windows 8 as well as Live Tile support.

Looks like we are also going to finally get IMAP support as well. “The use of standard protocols such as Exchange Active Sync as implemented in the Mail app are increasingly important, especially because this protocol allows for syncing of contacts and calendar, in addition to mail. Don’t worry, support for other protocols, such as IMAP, are on the way,” Microsoft adds.

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