Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Windows 8.1 allows to setup Mail App without using Microsoft Account

Earlier when you were signed into Windows 8 with Local account, you’re required to sign-in to Mail App using Microsoft Account (that is Live ID). When you first launch Mail App while not using Microsoft Account, it’ll prompt you to Switch to Microsoft Account on this PC.


But with Windows 8.1, you are no longer required to do so. Enterprise customers who use domain accounts and do not use Microsoft Accounts,will be able to use Mail App with Windows 8.1. And this applies not only to Mail App but to other Windows Store Apps that support the feature and requires a Microsoft Account.

Let us see how to do it, for this you’ll need to Enable the following Group Policy. (You should have admin rights to run Group Policy Editor). From Start Screen, just start typing Group… & you’ll be provided with Search results.. Click on ‘Edit Group Policy’

And from Group Policy Editor go to

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App runtime > Allow Microsoft accounts to be optional


And Enable Allow Microsoft Account to be optional.


Once you do that and if you run the Mail App now, you’ll be prompted to use an Enterprise Account instead -


Click on ‘Show more details’ if you want to enter Server Address, Domain and Username .


Anonymous said...

what if you don't have gpedit.msc?
Not optional in that case?

Miha said...

What other apps support this?

vasudev said...

Group policy is required.

vasudev said...

Other Windows Store Apps that support the feature and requires a Microsoft Account are supported.
SkyDrive not supported though.