Why the Mail app for Windows 8.1 delivers the best email experience on any tablet

Oct 3, 2013

When Microsoft began working on the Mail app for Windows 8.1, the development team started with the recognition that people use email today in many different ways than they have in the past, lots of customer feedback, and the conviction that the email service you use can make all the difference.

“For us, that meant ensuring that the Mail app truly takes advantage of the Outlook.com service,” writes Kipling Knox, group program manager, Windows Communication Apps in a blog post on Thursday. “It also led us to optimize the Mail app in Windows 8.1 for a modern mail experience — one that is efficient on mobile devices, built for touch, integrated into your whole life and designed for the types of mail that matter most to you.”

Building for touch brings a wide range of improvements to the Mail app in Windows 8.1. For instance there are easier ways to select one or more messages, and to drag-and-drop messages into folders. Also, the app bar now has a visible preview, which makes it easier to access with either mouse or touch.

“Of course you can do serious work with an attached mouse and keyboard, and we’ve adapted our UI for that too, including hover commands on the message list, for example,” Knox says. “But more and more people use touch to email — quickly triaging their inbox, catching up on mail from friends, and browsing through newsletters or updates from social networks — so we took special care to ensure that experience is great as well.”

Head on over to the blog post to find out how the Mail app in Windows 8.1 bridges your work and personal needs to be great for every facet of your life. And read the earlier post about the more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services that come with Windows 8.1.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff