how is this any different than needing a google account to do most things on an Android phone/tablet or vise-verse with an Apple account for iPhone/iPad?
how about this was never a morm on windows pc, how about people that don't have smartphones, people that never had to go though this BS. requring that you have a microsoft account just to check your email is silly.
Then make an account? Windows 8 is pretty much DOA without one anyway.
a lot of people don't want one, a lot of people simply don't need their information all over the web, numerious useless acounts.
How many times do I have to say that I have a WL account, and this problem isn't about me specifically. I am talking about people that don't, particularly tech illiterate people that I deal with daily at work, that only use their ISP email address and can barely handle using that.
For example I was talking to a lady earlier trying to set up her ISP mail via imap in the windows mail app. She was very confused about why she needed another account, to use the email she's always used. She went though the microsoft account setup, and it said she had to go to the confirmation email that it sent to her ISP email to activate it, thats when she called us. The activation mail never showed up, and every few seconds windows popped up a message telling her to check her mail. I ended up just having her download windows live mail. This is not user friendly.
plus a lot of non-tech savy people, will have their info send to their address (ISP), but might not know how to retrieve that information, since stupid metro mail app won't let them into their acount