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Email accounts setup using POP on Windows 8

The eMail application that comes with Windows 8 and Windows RT, does not support adding email accounts that use POP3 (Post Office Protocol). If your email account uses POP3 and you want to access it on your PC, here are some options:

  • If you want to use the Mail app and keep your current account, contact your email provider and ask if they can change your account to use IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) or EAS (Exchange Active Sync). This change is especially useful for people who want to get to their email in multiple ways (phone, personal computer, work computer, etc.), since the IMAP and EAS protocols do a better job than POP at keeping track of new, unread, and deleted messages and automatically saving your messages. Please note that some providers might charge extra to switch.
  • Use your email account provider’s website to get to your messages. For example, if your email account is from roadrunner, go to and sign in.
  • Look for an app in the Windows Store that supports adding email accounts that use POP3.

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