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.

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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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Google's email platform Gmail turns 15 today. Created by Paul Buchheit on April 1, 2004, the service has lived a non-controversial life and has displayed impressive growth over the years.

From offering 1 gigabyte storage per user to boosting it up to 15 gigabytes combined with the ability to attach large files through Google Drive, Gmail built a strong legacy in its ongoing tenure.

The service, which continues to be free of cost for users, is now a paid suite for enterprise products and has introduced remarkable updates over the years. However, there's a lot to its story.

As Gmail turns 15, here's a look at its journey of becoming the most popular email platform.

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When a user complained of wasting a lot of her time on filing messages and trying to find them, the idea of Gmail took birth.

When the user raised her issue to Google and requested for a solution, Paul Buchheit started working on the service as a '20% time' project. The term was a company slang used to define passion projects.

Buchheit took three years to develop the platform which then was launched as the original version of Gmail on April 1, 2004.

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Adding to its list of assets, Gmail introduced three major advancements two years after its launch. In 2006, it introduced features like Chat, Calender and Gmail domain in just three months.

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Two years after launching the Android app Gmail introduced the priority inbox upgrade. Released in August 2010, this one segregated incoming mails into three sections namely, 'Important and Unread', 'Starred' and 'Everything Else'. It aimed at offering support to users nagged by subscription emails.

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Despite the user-friendly features, Gmail's biggest weakness was its cluttered layout.

In 2011, the email platform introduced a massive design update to reduce the clutter. It introduced profile pictures to conversations along with HD themes to display a comfortable and cozy inbox which worked for all screen sizes.

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Initially, all incoming mails appeared in the inbox. This left the inbox completely messed up.

The 2013 update was introduced to combat this situation. It segregated the important emails from social and promotional mails, thereby easing user experience.

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From 2016 to 2019, users witnessed the modern version of Gmail, one which offers 15 gigabyte storage and so much more.

From icons for action buttons to smart replies, from quick action for emails to faster ways of adding new recipients, it received a number of impressive updates. And the modern version of gmail is also one of the reasons why the platform continues to be highly popular amongst users even today.

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