Microsoft adds Google Calendar & Contacts support to Outlook 2016 for Mac

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Microsoft on Wednesday launched preliminary support for Google Calendar and Contacts data in Office 2016 for the Mac, filling in a significant gap in the email and scheduling app. Along the same lines, Gmail accounts can now make better use of Outlook features.




The Calendar and Contacts support is initially rolling out through the Office Insider Fast program, which supplies potentially risky builds, Microsoft explained. Only Office 365 subscribers can sign up.

Insider support should grow "over the next several weeks," eventually reaching the broader Office 365 userbase later this year. There's no word on when the feature might reach standalone versions of Office.

The change will allow Google events and contacts to sync just like any other Outlook content, with all the same editing options. That also means sync with the Outlook iOS and Android apps.




Gmail users, meanwhile, can now take advantage of Outlook features like the Focused Inbox -- which groups messages more likely to be important -- and automatic detection of relevant travel and package details.

While Gmail was already supported in Outlook, more advanced features were previously reserved with people with an Exchange, Office 365, or Outlook.com address.

Earlier this month, Microsoft brought Touch Bar support to Office users with a 2016 MacBook Pro.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Good I guess, but wouldn't Outlook Mac users be using: A) Exchange contacts, and B) iCloud contacts? Seems like a niche. Guess thats why support took so long.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,097member
    Crikey, Microsoft really leading the way with the state of the art here.

    /s
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Good I guess, but wouldn't Outlook Mac users be using: A) Exchange contacts, and B) iCloud contacts? Seems like a niche. Guess thats why support took so long.
    Not necessarily...

    My sister workers with a loose collection of sales people.  They are organized like a bunch of pyramids (though not a pyramid scheme) of direct marketers.  They operate as a team.  They get paid by Melaleuca.  Basically, it's a referral system with residual income for salespeople.

    Sharing contacts and calendars would be very useful, easy, and cheap with Google.  I have (for an example) my own domain with email hosted by Google for free.  I wanted to have the ability to keep an email account forever regardless of who hosts it.  It Google suddenly forgets how to perform basic security (like Yahoo) I need to be able to move it elsewhere.  Creating temp email accounts, email aliases, "sister" domains is also easy, etc.

    1) Exchange is to expensive
    2) iCloud (as far as I know) doesn't let you use your own domain

    FYI: Having an email with iCloud.com, gmail.com, outlook.com, hotmail.com, Yahoo.com, MSN.com, etc. is amateurish and unprofessional.

    The other advantage is I get almost no spam...

    Looks like the starting price is $5/month (now) but gets you more.

    https://gsuite.google.com/pricing.html

    Notice video and voice conferencing is listed as included.

    I have no idea if it's the same as what the article is discussing....






      
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Good I guess, but wouldn't Outlook Mac users be using: A) Exchange contacts, and B) iCloud contacts? Seems like a niche. Guess thats why support took so long.
    I have (for an example) my own domain with email hosted by Google for free.  
    Say what now?
  • Reply 5 of 6
    kolvaskolvas Posts: 11member
    is this also available for windows as well?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    I've been waiting for this for a long time and this has been, by an order of magnitude, the most requested feature addition via Microsoft's request board. Very exciting to be able to move away from Apple Mail and Calendar which have languished horribly much like a lot of Apple's software and desktop hardware.
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