I have installed the Windows 8 Release Preview, however I did not connect a Live ID, I am using a Local Account.

I'd like to test out the metro Mail and Calendar apps with my Google account. The steps to do this according to the interwebs are:

  1. Open the Charms sidebar
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Accounts
  4. Carry on adding accounts

When I open one of these apps, I am presented with a sign-in for Windows Live. If I click cancel on that, the app closes. There is no Accounts item in the Settings.

win 8 mail

I am the only user account on the box, created during the win8 install. It is listed as an administrator.

Is it possible to use these apps with a Local Account? I could just create a dummy Live ID, but that just seems silly to me.

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    this was one of the most frustrating things I had about Win 8 Developer. Jul 12, 2012 at 23:42
  • That's not encouraging... Jul 12, 2012 at 23:46
  • I'm very surprised that a Stack Exchange employee would have this sort of question...
    – bwDraco
    Jul 12, 2012 at 23:49
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    @DragonLord why? We don't know everything! (; (shocking, isn't it?!) Jul 13, 2012 at 19:38

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Microsoft (annoyingly) provides no official way to do so without first logging in with a Microsoft account.

Unfortunately it looks like you're going to have to bite the bullet and use a Microsoft "proxy" account to get in. But once signed in you can use a Google account for at least Calendars and Mail.

A burn email address service such as Mailinator might be useful.

  • I just signed up using my GMail account. What's the problem?
    – Shog9
    Jul 13, 2012 at 1:05
  • There is none. Your GMail address just becomes your Microsoft Account address. From the way I understood the OP, she looking for a way to use the Metro App with a Local Machine account and not a Microsoft Account Jul 13, 2012 at 3:57
  • So in order to use a Local Account, I have to have a Microsoft Account. Or I could just use a Microsoft Account in the first place? So...the value of a Local Account is crippled? Jul 13, 2012 at 16:53
  • @RebeccaChernoff unfortunately yes. it seems like an incentive to use e-mails as Microsoft accounts. (better store tracking? who knows 0:) ) Jan 8, 2013 at 2:00

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