I think I like the new Start screen in Windows 8, but of course it's going to take some getting used to. I made an PICNIC* error today when I deleted the Start screen tile for Mail, thinking it was limited to Microsoft's mail products. Turns out that it supports GMail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, and any other mail service that uses POP3, IMAP, or Exchange Active Sync. The benefit is that the live tile shows your latest email as it arrives. So I decided that maybe I did want that tile after all. Hmm, how to recover an accidentally deleted tile? Turns out that it's easy, but not terribly well documented, at least as far as I could tell. The mail tile is part of the Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging app in the Microsoft app store. A couple of mouse clicks and it's reinstalled and configured with all of my mail accounts in one place. Aside from feeling like a moron for deleting it in the first place, no harm done. Hmm, now let's see what else I can foobar!**
Speaking of messaging, I don't use messaging apps very much. When I opened the messaging app, my friend Paul was looking over my shoulder and we were both quite surprised to see an IM from him. Turns out it was some spam app. That's annoying enough, but I couldn't find any way to block it, report spam, or do anything else. MS seems to have decided to limit the use of context menus with right-clicks. Grrr.
* Problem in chair, not in computer
** Foul up beyond repair