Microsoft is integrating Gmail, Google Drive, and Calendar into Outlook. Microsoft is testing its integration of Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into their Outlook.com webmail client.
This feature is undergoing testing only on certain accounts. Users will be able to link their Account to any Outlook.com account. After doing so, Google Calendar, documents in Google Drive, and Gmail is immediately shown inside Outlook.com. The integration with Google Drive will support files and documents from Google’s service. Allowing users to attach them to emails in both Gmail and Outlook.
The feature, first spotted by Twitter user Florian B, who has shared some screenshots of the integration at work. If you’re one of the lucky few who have access to the feature, you will see a new pop-up in Outlook that says, “Add your Google Mail and Calendar to Outlook and easily manage everything in one place.”
— Florian B (@flobo09) November 20, 2019
The integration will also make it easier for individuals who use G Suite email for work and who use their Outlook account for personal use.
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For those of us who can remember the days of Windows or nothing at all, this type of news continues to be a revelation.
It’s all part of Microsoft’s ongoing plan to help its customers be more productive and that may not mean using all Microsoft’s applications to do it.
The end result? If you’re an Office 365 user, but you prefer Gmail or Google Drive, now you have options.
Microsoft has confirmed the test, saying, “We are always looking for new ways to extend the best email experience to our customers and can confirm that we’re experimenting with a small set of Outlook.com users to learn and gather feedback.”
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