Over a year later and the system is not better but worse. Even on my home i5 based system, I routinely have to wait and watch those dots cycle for far too long before my mails come up and quite often lately, it doesn't even load on the first attempt. If there's a good reason for this, I'd love to know. It just seems overly bloated for what it needs to do.
So by now you'll have realised that you need to open a new email account but not with any broadband service provider so gmail, yahoo, live or one of the many others, that work world wide no issues and not linked to your service provider