With the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview many tech enthusiasts are installing and exploring the latest operating system from Microsoft today.

In his testing of the Windows 8 Mail client fellow Australian and PowerShell expert Chris Brown has discovered that it appears to use ActiveSync for mailbox connectivity, and support Exchange ActiveSync policies in the process.

Windows 8 Mail client and Exchange ActiveSync policies
Windows 8 Mail client and Exchange ActiveSync policies

The first thing I did was hook up my personal Office365 account, this was completely seamless. I simply entered my username and password, then within 20 seconds I had an inbox full of email! This, of course, is due to the wonders of the AutoDiscover service built in to Exchange 2010. But this isn’t the most exciting bit. When I decided to connect my corporate Exchange account, I was shown this little message…

To me, this looks a lot like the native Mail client will support Exchange ActiveSync policies!

Check out the full post at Chris’ blog here.

Update: Dave Stork has dug a little deeper into the ActiveSync capabilities in Windows 8.

About the Author

Paul Cunningham

Paul is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul no longer writes for Practical365.com.


  1. Carl

    I’ve installed the consumer preview on my asus slate but i can not connect it with our exchange server… can you give us some more information about your exchange setup? We have 2010 with latest sp, ssl encrypted active sync (that wirks fine with WP7) and you a self create / inofficial ssl certificate… at the moment we see no chance to connect windows 8 mail client

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