We have a piece of good news for those who like to manage everything in one place. Microsoft is working on a feature that lets you access Google Drive and Gmail inbox directly from Outlook.com.
This change is part of Microsoft’s efforts to ensure the seamless integration of Google services with its popular email client.
The new feature was initially spotted by a Twitter user Florian B. According to Florian, Microsoft is working on a Google account integration option for Outlook.com. Florian shared some screenshots explaining how the feature works.
— Florian B (@flobo09) November 20, 2019
He discovered a prompt message that allows users to link their Google Mail and Calendar to their Outlook accounts. Unfortunately, the Gmail integration is only available to those who are a part of the testing group.
How to link your Google account to Outlook.com
If you want to play around with the feature, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the envelope icon available on the left-hand side.
- Once you click on the icon, a dialog box will appear with a message that says, “Add your Google Mail and Calendar to Outlook and easily manage everything in one place.”
- Click the Try it button and follow the on-screen instructions to add your Google account.
- Now you can see all your Outlook emails directly in your Gmail inbox.
Furthermore, you can also see Drive documents and Calendar entries right away within Outlook. You can now see separate inboxes similar to the way Outlook works in its mobile app.
The integration is currently in its early developmental stages and it doesn’t allow you to link more than one Gmail accounts.
For those who are wondering about the Google Drive integration, you can quickly view all the documents saved on your drive. Additionally, it allows you to quickly attach those files to your emails.
Apparently, the feature is currently available to a limited set to users. If you are not one of the few lucky users who have access to the new capability, you may need to wait a few more days for a global release.
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