Microsoft is planning to integrate Google services like Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into its Outlook webmail client. The Windows maker has already started testing the integration on some accounts recently with reports from Twitter user Florian B (via the Verge), showing the pop-up menu appear on Outlook.com.
“You can now add your Gmail account on Outlook.com!” Florian B tweeted along with the screenshot above as he stumbled onto the new and as-yet announced feature of Outlook.com.
The integration works in the same manner on what we have seen on the existing Android and iOS Outlook apps. The snippet reveals that the inboxes are also organized with separate inboxes for each account (one each for Outlook and Gmail) and placed in the sidebar. It also shows the neat view of Google Calendar. Florian reveals that it seems to be an early test as you can’t add more than one Google account and switching between Outlook and Gmail account refreshes the entire page.
This direct integration with Google Drive supports documents and files from Google services so you can quickly attach them to Outlook or Gmail emails. This would be a real time-saver if you are not an Office 365 user or own a OneDrive account or simply prefer Google Docs and Google Drive.
It is not clear as of now how many or when we will see all of the extended integration with Gmail, Google Drive and Google Drive globally. But it is good news for those that want a one-stop-shop for all their email accounts and files. Merging work and personal accounts under one dashboard is a smart move on Microsoft’s part, too.
Neither Microsoft, not Google has commented on the upcoming integration.
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