This was posted in Windows 8 helproom by Secret-Squirrel February 17, 2013 at 5:11PM in response to someone else wanting same ClickHere for original thread
"If you're looking for the desktop e-mail client that's the replacement for Vista's Windows Mail (and Outlook Express) then "Windows Live Mail" is what you need and you can find it here. You can also import your old messages and contacts if you wish"
AFAIK you need to be in Desktop View to use and not in Metro
Here is a sign">https://snt002.mail.live.com/default.aspx?owa=1&owasuffix=owa%25252f&id=64855&snsc=1&cbcxt=mail&rru=inbox&lc=2057&id=64855&mkt=en-gb&cbcxt=mai">sign in link for the online webmail Outlook.com (hotmail) that works for me. Jock1e's link works as well once you paste into notepad and edit text so you are left with this link
If you want the Metro W8 here is pca's article about it http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3360933/how-set-up-email-in-windows-8/