I'm torn between letting Windows 8.1 automatically sync to my Outlook.com account and use the interfaces provided in Windows 8? Or just add URLs (as apps for the start menu) for Outlook.com mail, calendar and people. The latter is a much better interface (IMO) and the only thing I seem to lose is the live tiles for mail and calendar that come with Windows 8 mail and calendar.

Am I missing something here? Is there an advantage to using the inherent mail, calendar and people apps? I just don't like their over-simplified look and inability the change things like calendar colors, etc.