Microsoft is expected to allow you to add your Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar accounts to your new web-based Outlook.com accounts.
This is massive news for those who want the choice from their web browser, a popular and good-looking web client. It seems as if the integration is already rolling out to some accounts, with Florian B (via The Verge) posting on Twitter showing the pop-up menu showing on Outlook.com.
This integration will work very similar to how it works with existing Outlook apps for Android and iOS. From the snippet, you’ll see that the separate inboxes are also organized and found in Google Calendar’s sidebar and neat view.
It is worth noting that Florian B is running what appears to be a test version or early version that allows integration, as he has confirmed that only one account can be added to Google. He also notes that the entire page will be refreshed when you switch from your Outlook / Hotmail account to your Gmail account— pointing out that this is very early in the test process.
Clear integration with Google Drive allows you to easily attach documents and files in Outlook-composed emails. If you don’t use an Office365 or OneDrive account, or just prefer Google Docs and Google Drive, this would be a real time saver.
Whether or when we’re going to see all of the extended integration with Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar internationally, it’s not immediately clear, but this is still great news for those who want a one-stop shop for all their email accounts and files. It’s also a good move on the part of Microsoft to be able to merge work and personal accounts and have them in one dashboard.