Answer Best answer as chosen by user swramsay
I'm not sure everyone is using the appropriate definition or nomenclature but here goes.
POP3 is post office protocol. Generally it can be a paid E-mail account, It stores the users E-mail, until pickup but doesn't keep copies so they are deleted.
Some, if not most, Internet Service Providers include E-mail free. So these are not what could be called POP# accounts.
There are numerous "free" E-Mail accounts available. One of which is Googles G-mail.
In my case My ISP is MSN. I have the E-mail included. The browse is IE10.
I need to point out that when I upgraded from previous OS to Win 8 I has a big blue E on my desk top and a small blue E on my task bar. Opening the big blue E brought me to "Outlook" my E-mail. But without the tool bars. That was a space saver for smaller devices such as touch tablets and notebooks.
Opening from the small E on the task bar also opened to the home page and outlook. However, elsewhere in the start menu I can click and open "Hotmail". It is my Email, in my Microsoft account and I have to log on, but a different format completely. The Outlook and Hotmail accounts do not affect each other. They are independent. For example if I delete E-mails from my Outlook it does not delete them from Hotmail.
I also have Google installed as a browser and it has G-mail. Another E-mail account - free.
If someone wants to close out a POP3 E-mail address and incorporate it into Windows 8 there is a really significant problem. Error messages, will pop up saying it can't be done. But there is a specific fix to do it. It does NOT work for everyone for reasons not yet analyzed and answered.
If I wanted to get rid of "Outlook" It could be done but I would no longer be able to access that E-mail.
I actually have another ISP with another E-mail account which comes with it. I've asked for additional E-mail addresses and they are free. So I actually have several E-mail addresses.
I hope everyone understands that E-mails are not saved on your computer. They reside on someone else's server. You, or I, can go to another computer and access our E-mails normally - IF a POP3 account doesn't delete tham after opening.
I'll say again that everyone could save themselves a big headache if they would go to the book store and buy a good Win8 book.
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