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Metro apps notifications on classic desktop

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    Metro apps notifications on classic desktop


    Ok, so I setup the Mail application on the Start Screen and it's watching my gmail account for me. That's all fine and dandy.

    Now, I want notifications to show when my screen is locked. I figured this out (but I'm a bit concerned that the thought bubble appears at the top and anybody sitting near by terminal can see my new email (at least the first line of it).


    So, if I am in the classic desktop (which I will be most of the time), and I happen to be not looking at my screen when an email arrives, I miss the little popup which shows in the upper right. There is nothing else on the taskbar, status area or otherwise to alert me to the fact that an email came in while I was away.

    Is there a way to ensure that these Metro apps more forcefully alert me to the fact that something just happened. A 5 second pop-up which goes away is not going to do it.

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    You are probably going to need a proper desktop email client for that.
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    ^Yes: I expect that too SIW2, but I wanted to pose the question so that Metro fans could explain to me how to make these brilliant must have apps actually usable.
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    I haven't been using Mail since Office 2013 was released, so I can't really offer a suggestion. I don't know why, but Mail doesn't have any notifications when I get email whereas Outlook 2013 does. If you can and want to, use Outlook 2013. It's Desktop based obviously, and regardless of what you're in, you still get that little notification toast to come up on the side. That can be disabled though.

    I wonder, is Mail pinned to your Start Screen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    ^Yes: I expect that too SIW2, but I wanted to pose the question so that Metro fans could explain to me how to make these brilliant must have apps actually usable.
    You've clearly indicated that you will be spending most of your time in desktop so why would you bother with the mail app in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    You've clearly indicated that you will be spending most of your time in desktop so why would you bother with the mail app in the first place.
    An attempt to use what Windows 8 is providing.

    I do have personal email via gmail (primary) , and hotmail (mostly just stuff for my @live account). I would like having something that could "check" both of these for me and tell me when an email has arrived. Right now I do it via my browser, but I have to manually check that by hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I haven't been using Mail since Office 2013 was released, so I can't really offer a suggestion. I don't know why, but Mail doesn't have any notifications when I get email whereas Outlook 2013 does. If you can and want to, use Outlook 2013. It's Desktop based obviously, and regardless of what you're in, you still get that little notification toast to come up on the side. That can be disabled though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    I wonder, is Mail pinned to your Start Screen?

    At work, I use Outlook. But it's for my corporate email. (I don't want my personal email intermingled here) At home, I don't use Outlook because I'm not willing to pay for MS Office.

    By default, Mail is pinned to Start Screen in Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I do have personal email via gmail (primary) , and hotmail (mostly just stuff for my @live account). I would like having something that could "check" both of these for me and tell me when an email has arrived. Right now I do it via my browser, but I have to manually check that by hand.
    I understand that you want to be notified in Desktop but Metro Mail already indicates when new mail has arrived, isn't it faster just to check your start screen for the indicators than manually check via your browser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    You've clearly indicated that you will be spending most of your time in desktop so why would you bother with the mail app in the first place.
    An attempt to use what Windows 8 is providing.

    I do have personal email via gmail (primary) , and hotmail (mostly just stuff for my @live account). I would like having something that could "check" both of these for me and tell me when an email has arrived. Right now I do it via my browser, but I have to manually check that by hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I haven't been using Mail since Office 2013 was released, so I can't really offer a suggestion. I don't know why, but Mail doesn't have any notifications when I get email whereas Outlook 2013 does. If you can and want to, use Outlook 2013. It's Desktop based obviously, and regardless of what you're in, you still get that little notification toast to come up on the side. That can be disabled though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    I wonder, is Mail pinned to your Start Screen?
    At work, I use Outlook. But it's for my corporate email. (I don't want my personal email intermingled here) At home, I don't use Outlook because I'm not willing to pay for MS Office.

    By default, Mail is pinned to Start Screen in Windows 8.


    Hi @pparks1

    I completely understand you don't want to pay for office on a home computer - to get the Full version with Outlook isn't cheap - but you could see if your workplace has a "Use at Home" license.

    Here you could get an Enterprise VL Office version for absolutely cents -- At my last place I got Office 2007 Enterprise like that for 16 EUR which included a physical DVD. Although that was a while ago I'm sure the same sort of schemes are in place -- and I'd suggest that say for around 10 USD Ms Office is well worth it.!!!

    I still haven't yet found an email client that is anywhere near as convenient to use as Outlook -- especially now Gmail can be linked to use Outlook. I use it all the time for gmail.

    How to setup an Outlook Gmail account from a Google Gmail email address

    or

    How to Access Gmail with Outlook - About Email

    cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi @pparks1

    I completely understand you don't want to pay for office on a home computer - to get the Full version with Outlook isn't cheap - but you could see if your workplace has a "Use at Home" license.
    Hey Jimbo,

    No we don't offer the Microsoft Home Use Program license at my office. We used to have it, but we decided to not renew our software assurance enterprise agreement for our desktop platform at work and without this agreement in place, we don't get the Home Use Program of office. For 300 Desktops at my office, the Software assurance agreement was nearly $200k a year for the desktops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    No we don't offer the Microsoft Home Use Program license at my office. We used to have it, but we decided to not renew our software assurance enterprise agreement for our desktop platform at work and without this agreement in place, we don't get the Home Use Program of office. For 300 Desktops at my office, the Software assurance agreement was nearly $200k a year for the desktops.
    That's too bad pparks1, we currently have a EULA with MS (definitely not cheap) and I picked up Office 2010 Pro for $10 end of last year right away before someone decides to trim costs.
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