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Windows 8 Tour, Part 2: Metro Apps

In this mini-tour of Windows 8, the second in a two-part series, we look at hot corners and the OS's new bundled apps, including Finance, Mail, Maps, People, Photos, and Weather.

Finance and Mail apps

The Finance app's background image is stunning. Unfortunately, the app does not pull the stock symbols from MSN Money accounts (at least it didn't for me). And shortly after I launched the App, it quit. I couldn't get it to display any other symbols or other detailed information about any specific symbol.

Windows 8's Mail app replaces Windows Live Mail. Mail can handle just about any type of account, from corporate Microsoft Outlook email to any other POP3-compatible service including Hotmail, GMail and Yahoo! Mail. The first thing you'll need to do is retype the password for your Windows Live account.

Mail lists messages down the left side of the screen and message bodies on the right. It's very similar to Apple's Mail app in structure but still very much a 1.0 effort. As you can see, the design is a bit flat and doesn't make very good use of screen real estate.

Right-clicking while in the Mail app launches a context menu, visible along the bottom. Here you can view folders, change accounts, or perform chores such as moving messages, marking them read, or syncing your account.

 

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