Fingers-on with the brand new Gmail and Google Drive integration in Outlook.com

After developing a new web browser primarily based on Google’s open-source Chromium engine, Microsoft is now additionally enjoying nicer with Google’s personal emailing and storage providers. Within the months following restricted testing of new Gmail and Google Drive integration on Outlook.com, Microsoft is now rolling out the characteristic in beta to a bigger group of Outlook.com customers.

Together with Tom Warren from The Verge, we’re now seeing the brand new Google integrations on our finish. Nevertheless, it’s noteworthy that this characteristic isn’t customary: It would solely present up of you’re an Outlook.com Premium member, both paid or as included free as a part of Workplace 365.

As soon as the Gmail and Google Drive integration is accessible for you, you’ll discover a pop-up message in your Outlook.com inbox, which seems to be just like the one within the featured picture above. You’ll additionally see a brand new Add Account icon within the sidebar, just like the one within the Outlook app on cell. Alternatively, you may verify to see you probably have the characteristic by clicking the bullhorn-shaped Announcements icon after which Strive it on the highest left nook of the display, which is true subsequent to your profile icon.

If you happen to select so as to add your Gmail inbox to Outlook.com, you’ll be prompted to grant Microsoft permissions to entry your Google Account. That features studying mail, seeing and modifying Google Drive recordsdata, seeing your contacts and calendars, and your different private data. When you proceed, all of your Gmail messages will now seem in your Outlook.com inbox.

As that is nonetheless a beta, the expertise remains to be a bit messy. We weren’t simply capable of kind between our Outlook.com inbox or the Gmail inbox. We really wanted to go again to the bulletins icon and click on Strive it to see Gmail within the Outlook expertise. Regardless of the sidebar and account toggle showing within the unique set-up and notification immediate, it doesn’t appear to persist within the Outlook.com UI as soon as Gmail integration is definitely enabled — no less than on our finish.

Google Calendar in Outlook is basically handy

The most effective components of this new expertise is the Google Calendar integration. As I’m sporting an Android cellphone, it’s nice to see the identical calendar conferences and appointments that I made on the Google Calendar app from my Pixel 3XL Android Cellphone, proper on Outlook.com.

Now, once I create a calendar assembly on my cellphone, I don’t want to return into Gmail.com to verify on it, get reminders, or add extra particulars.  Slightly, I can simply open Outook.com, toggle my Google account with Strive it from the highest bar, click on the Calendar icon, and all the data I want is there. I usually add reminders to observe my TV reveals on my cellphone via Google Calendar, and it’s nice seeing these on my desktop now too.

This additionally might be helpful for people who’ve a number of calendars too, as there are the identical toggle choices from Google Calendar within the left bar to create extra calendars, and swap between them. I want the extra flat-looking and enterprise look of Outlook.com when in comparison with the rounded and colourful Google Calendar, so there’s that, too.

Google Drive Integration is nice for sharing recordsdata

It’s additionally good to see Google Drive integration, which helps you to simply share recordsdata in Outlook.com which can be saved in Google’s on-line cloud storage service. It’s a pleasant possibility for those who’re emailing somebody who doesn’t need to cope with OneDrive or prefers Google’s cloud storage service as a substitute.

That is accessible by toggling over to Gmail in Outlook.com by way of the Strive it on the prime bar. When you do this, you may entry Google Drive by selecting the Browse cloud areas possibility. You’ll then see a pop-up possibility to decide on Google Drive. An inventory of your latest recordsdata present up, and you may click on the one you need to share. You can also use the search field to choose a file not listed. A latest attachment possibility can also be accessible. And, if you wish to use OneDrive in Gmail, you are able to do that too, by clicking add an account. 

When you select your file, you may select an choice to both share as a Google Drive link or Connect as a replica. You can also keep in mind your alternative and select it as a default possibility. That is fairly nifty, as the method of selecting recordsdata is strictly the identical as it’s when selecting recordsdata by way of OneDrive with a Outlook.com or Microsoft e mail account.

A helpful addition for these invested in each Google’s and Microsoft’s ecosystem

On the finish of the day, it’s certainly fairly handy to have entry to Gmail immediately from inside Outlook.com, because it strikes the expertise nearer to what you get with the devoted Outlook app. You’re capable of entry your emails, calendar, and even ship Google Drive recordsdata with out having to open Google’s personal web sites, and it’s nice for individuals who want the person expertise out Outlook.com. The expertise nonetheless has fairly a methods to go, however I’m glad to see the brand new Microsoft in motion and enjoying good with Google providers. That will likely be particularly necessary with the Android-powered Floor Duo arising later this yr.

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