In addition to developing the Microsoft Edge browser based on Google’s open source Chromium, Microsoft has better integrated Google’s Gmail and Google Drive in its own messaging service, Outlook. After months of testing, Microsoft today opened the feature to more Outlook.com users in beta.
It is important to note that this feature is not standard. It is only available to Members of Outlook.com Premium, and neither paid nor free Office 365 users will be able to test the feature. Eligible users see a pop-up message in Outlook.com inbox, as shown in the following image
You can see a new Add Account icon on the sidebar, or you can see if you have this feature by clicking the Announcements icon in the amplifier shape and then trying it in the upper-left corner of the screen next to the profile icon.
If a user chooses to add a Gmail inbox to Outlook.com, you’ll be prompted to give Microsoft access to your Google account. This includes reading emails, viewing and editing Google Drive files, viewing contacts and calendars, and other personal information. When you continue, all Gmail messages will now appear in your Outlook.com inbox.
Since it’s still beta, it’s a bit confusing in experience. You can’t sort between your Outlook.com inbox or Gmail inbox right now. Although sidebar and account switching appear in the original settings and notification prompts, it doesn’t seem to remain in the Outlook.com user interface when Gmail integration is enabled.
And the new version is commendable for integrating Google Calendar. The same calendar schedule and appointment information is displayed on Outlook.com as on the Pixel 3 XL phone used bymedia editors.
Media editors indicate that when you create a calendar meeting on your phone, you don’t have to go back to Gmail.com to check, get reminders or add more details. Instead, I just open Outook.com and use Try in the top bar to switch my Google account and click the Calendar icon to find all the information I need.