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Managing work & personal emails made simple: Microsoft testing feature to integrate Gmail, Google Drive to Outlook

This will be particularly useful for users use Outlook for work emails, but Gmail for personal communication.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 22, 2019, 06.02 PM IST
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The integration of Google Drive to the Outlook ecosystem enables files stored on the drive to be seamlessly attached to emails.
Ever had trouble flitting between personal and work emails? Microsoft has heard your entreaties. The company which runs the Outlook.com web client is allegedly planning to integrate Google apps like Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar to its interface.

It has recently started testing the feature with a small cohort of users, and the change was spotted by Twitter user Florian B. Following a quick setup process, users are required to enter the credentials for their Google account, whereby Gmail, Drive, and Calendar will appear within the Outlook mail interface. Screenshots shared by Florian reveal that the revamped interface is similar to the existing design of Outlook for Android and iOS, featuring separate inboxes juxtaposed next to the calendar app.


ETPanache also uses Outlook.com for official communication, but, at the time of writing, we were unable to test the integration on our accounts. The screenshots posted by Florian indicate that it isn’t possible to add more than one Google account at a time. Moreover, switching between Gmail and Outlook causes the page to refresh.

The integration of Google Drive to the Outlook ecosystem enables files stored on the drive to be seamlessly attached to emails. Microsoft is still testing the enhancements to Outlook, and it is still unclear when it will be rolled out for clients of its popular mail service.

It can be particularly useful for users whose work or school email is hosted by Outlook, but who use Gmail for personal communication. Likewise, those with G Suite email accounts for work, but use Outlook on their Windows computers at home, will also benefit.

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