Windows 10 contains new default apps that are baked into the OS. Formerly referred to modern or metro apps the company is now calling them “Universal Apps” since they will work similarly on all devices running the new OS.
Windows 10 includes new versions of Mail and Calendar apps. They have improved remarkably compared to Mail & Calendar in Windows 8.1. Here’s how to get started and add your Gmail, Yahoo, or Microsoft email (i.e., @live @outlook @hotmail) accounts.
Note: When you upgrade to Windows 10, and log in with your Microsoft Account (which I recommend), your linked email address will be added automatically. The other benefit is your account is created in the Calendar app as well.
But, like a lot of users, you probably have multiple email accounts that you want to add. Microsoft makes it a simple affair in Windows 10. For this article, I am going to add a Gmail account.
Setup Windows 10 Mail App
Launch the mail app and click the gear icon in the lower left corner, and go to Settings > Accounts.
Next you’ll see the email you use for your Microsoft Account to log in – click Add Account.
That brings up a list of the most popular email services. Click the one you want to add…in this case I am adding a Gmail account.
That brings up the Google login screen – enter your account and password.
If you have Google Two-Factor Authentication enabled – and everyone should be using it, wait for your confirmation code and verify your account.
Accept the agreement of what the Mail app will need to access from your account.
That’s it! Now you will have your Gmail account available in the Mail app. Your inbox will sync, and you are good to go.
Windows 10 Calendar App
The Calendar app will also add your account. If this is the first time you’re using it, you’ll be greeted with a Welcome screen.
Next you’ll see the email accounts that you have setup – including the one you just set up. Click the Ready to go button. You also have the ability to add another account if you want.
Now the calendar appointments and reminders associated with your email account will be synced and populated.
As I mentioned before, the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps are miles ahead of the apps in Windows 8.1. Stay tuned for more in-depth articles about both apps in the coming weeks.
What’s your take on the new Mail and Calendar apps? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Also, if you have questions about these apps or anything about the new OS, join the Windows 10 Forums.
We have received a lot of feedback from users who are reporting that their mail isn’t syncing correctly. From everything we have heard, 95% of the time, the culprit is third-party security software not allowing the connection through. Whether it’s Avast, AVG, BitDefender…etc. You will need to go into the security software settings and find what’s causing the issue.
For great solutions to this, make sure and read through this Windows 10 Forums thread.