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    windows 8 for my son


    I have brought a windows 8 laptop for my sons birthday. I know he will love the new design as he loves the apps thing.

    I am trying to set it up and cant quite work out how to get his virgin media email address to work on the mail app. and help would be great.

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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I'm not familiar with Virgin Media email, but you'd need to check on their site or with their support whether they use IMAP or POP3 for email. If it's POP3, then the Microsoft Mail app that comes with Windows won't work and you'll need to use a different email client app, or use Virgin Media's web mail access if they have one. If Virgin Media mail supports IMAP, then you should be able to step through the Windows 8 mail app configuration to set it up, perhaps with a little info from Virgin Media.
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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    yeah, if you want to use the Windows 8 email app with POP, then you need to use the workaround:


    create an outlook.com account (or google or yahoo, but yahoo, you have to pay for POP support the last time I checked). send your pop mail (to outlook.com). then add the outlook.com account to the Windows 8 email app. voila. all your virgin media email to the Windows 8 email app. Yeah, it sucks to use a workaround but if you want to use that app...
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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Yes, as dirtyvu said, as a work-around, you can use another service to forward to which supports IMAP. But it can be just about any email service that supports IMAP, not just outlook.com. For example, gmail.com would also work.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    the workaround is for POP mail. not IMAP. the windows 8 app already has built-in support for IMAP.

    yes, gmail also has pop support as well as yahoo. but for yahoo, you have to pay for it still (yahoo mail plus) unless they changed it recently.
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  6. #6


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    the workaround is for POP mail. not IMAP. the windows 8 app already has built-in support for IMAP.

    yes, gmail also has pop support as well as yahoo. but for yahoo, you have to pay for it still (yahoo mail plus) unless they changed it recently.
    Yes I'm aware of that. The work around for lack of POP support is to use an IMAP provider. I was just saying that outlook.com was not the only choice in that matter.
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