Very unfortunately: No.
Mail encrytpion usually means public key encryption. This involves the recipient to have a public key published somewhere - this can be used to encrypt emails. That key then has a secret pair - a private key that can be used to decrypt the emails.
For mail encryption to be practical, the email client would have to be able to:
- When sending email, automatically fetch the public key of the recipient to encrypt the messages.
- When receiving email, fetch the user's private key from a designated server, preferably this would be whoever is providing the email service (usually the ISP).
- When setting up the account, automatically create and store the private key.
But the bigger problem here is the infrastructure. For this to happen, there would have to be:
- A widely used, standard way of publising a public key associated with an email address (and this method would have to be secured via certificate system so that a third party coudn't mess with it too easily).
- A widely used, standard way of automatically creating a private key for an email address and storing it on a remote server accessible by a standard way. Preferably this server would be part of a normal service from the email provider. This server's address would then be entered as a normal procedure on the account settings of the email client, just as incoming and outgoing email servers are entered nowdays, after which the client could handle all the hassle with keys.
Another problem is that most email clients would have to be able to handle the decryption, and most email providers would have to provide the key service, for the system to be effective. Encryption needs full support at both ends of the communication. But I don't see this as that big of an issue. If an easy and practical standard appears on some clients and servers, they could advetise "we support the secure email standard", and others would probably follow suit.
Also the user would have to be notified about whether a public key is available for the recipient. A good approach would be when adding a recipint, showing a common secure symbol, like the padlock or the blue glow used in SSL/TLS connections with web browsers.
Of course, an alternate private key server, or even just a key file, could be configured to the email client so that the more paranoid user could store his own keys wherever he wants. For the rest of us, the email provider could still read the emails as they store the private key - but this would still make communications very secure. After all, security is often about who we can trust.
Honestly, I really don't know why this hasn't happened yet. It's not that complicated. Get on with it already!