Microsoft is Testing Gmail Integration in

A user on Twitter has stumbled onto a new and as-yet-unannounced feature for The ability to add a Gmail account and access it separately from the and without importing messages.

“You can now add your Gmail account on!” Florian B tweeted, along with the screenshot displayed above.

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He reports that the integration works as it does in Outlook Mobile, with separate inboxes for each account (one each for and Gmail). It also integrates with Google Drive, he says.

So this is good news: I’ve been wondering when Microsoft would turn into a real web app that can replace its desktop applications, and this is a great first step. Next up, of course, is offline access. And at that point, Microsoft can EOL the terrible Mail app in Windows 10 and replace it with an PWA.

I love it when a plan comes together.

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  • slbailey1

    20 November, 2019 - 11:35 am

    <p>Will you be able to integrate more than one Gmail account? </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      20 November, 2019 - 11:57 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490568">In reply to slbailey1:</a></em></blockquote><p>No, it's one account right now.</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    20 November, 2019 - 12:09 pm

    <p>Will they add the ability to integrate a second account or an Office 365 account?</p>

    • bassoprofundo

      Premium Member
      22 November, 2019 - 1:00 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490583">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>^^^This^^^ I have a personal domain address with hosted email (leftover from the Windows Live Domain days) and a gmail address. The minute I can see all three, the desktop apps go bye-bye.</p>

  • Atoqir

    20 November, 2019 - 1:14 pm

    <p>Nice. Maybe the day they kill those horrible W10 apps and replace it with a PWA. </p><p><br></p><p>The webmail already looks better and has a few cool features those horrid apps lack like OneDrive integration, save to OneNote etc</p>

    • dontbeevil

      21 November, 2019 - 12:51 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490666">In reply to Atoqir:</a></em></blockquote><p>so you really think the problems is only the technology are they built in? if they really want , their UWP apps could looks as good (or even better) than web apps, and keep being faster and less resource intensive</p>

      • dontbeevil

        21 November, 2019 - 4:17 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#490807">In reply to dontbeevil:</a></em></blockquote><p>as usual haters cannot only downvote, but they don't reply, because they cannot provide any real reason against what I said…truth hurts</p>

  • jim.mcintosh

    20 November, 2019 - 1:40 pm

    <p>Works with the APP </p><p>Doesn't work with</p><p> :-(</p><p> Something went wrong </p><p> We can't get that information right now. Please try again later.</p><p><br></p><p> X-ClientId: Redacted</p><p> X-Auth-Error OpenIdConnect Microsoft.Exchange.Security.OAuth.AsyncJitRequiredException</p><p> X-FEServer BYAPR01CA0046</p><p> X-BEServer MW2PR0102MB3467</p><p> Date:11/20/2019 6:27:29 PM</p>

    • simont

      Premium Member
      20 November, 2019 - 7:31 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490678">In reply to jim.mcintosh:</a></em></blockquote><p>I am getting the same error. I wonder if it is because I am using a G Suite account</p>

  • Sir_Timbit

    20 November, 2019 - 1:42 pm

    <p>The Win10 Mail app really is an embarrassment, especially if that was the 'upgrade' you went to from Windows Live Mail, which was reasonably full-featured for a desktop app. It would randomly quit on me with no error message, refuse to see my printer when every other app would, and intermittently fail to sync. The experience soured me so much that I gave up on it entirely and went to regular web-based Gmail and never looked back.</p>

    • CompUser

      21 November, 2019 - 4:03 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490679">In reply to Sir_Timbit:</a></em></blockquote><p>So why not stick with Windows Live Mail? I still use it on my tablet because I don't have an Office licence for it, and it works fine. </p>

  • luis3007

    20 November, 2019 - 3:20 pm

    <p>Really waiting for this to be available to all!!</p>

  • yoshi

    Premium Member
    20 November, 2019 - 3:28 pm

    <p>It's worth mentioning that this will only be for premium accounts. On the announcements tab in my it shows "Premium Only" for this integration.</p><p><br></p>

  • ponsaelius

    20 November, 2019 - 5:06 pm

    <p>Can't be long before Google change the code to stop it working…. </p>

    • behindmyscreen

      20 November, 2019 - 10:33 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490734">In reply to ponsaelius:</a></em></blockquote><p>Changes their code to allow for 3rd party email clients to connect to them? That would be stupid and break a very very long living feature of their service.</p>

  • wbaggerly

    Premium Member
    20 November, 2019 - 7:31 pm

    <p>I got that notice a couple of days ago and just thought it was something I missed in the news cycle. I never get the new features early. <span style="color: black;">Go figure.</span></p>

  • Riopato

    20 November, 2019 - 8:02 pm

    <p>Here's hoping that the People hub can work with gmail contacts. I'm not a fan of Google having all of my contacts. If integration means they don't have direct access then I guess I will keep all my contacts stored to outlook.</p>

  • behindmyscreen

    20 November, 2019 - 10:31 pm

    <p>they need to include EAS as well</p>

  • datameister

    21 November, 2019 - 12:38 am

    <p>When will they build Gmail sync (calendar, contacts, task) into Office Outlook proper? Like what eM Client has.</p>

    • dontbeevil

      21 November, 2019 - 12:49 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490798">In reply to DataMeister:</a></em></blockquote><p>when scroogle will start support MS stuff? so they get what they deserve</p>

  • Daekar

    21 November, 2019 - 7:57 am

    <p>Tried this today, worked very well. Responsive, message load-in time was quick. Have no interest in using it routinely since I just forward all my messages from Gmail to my Outlook address, but it's very encouraging to see this happen for everyone that needs to keep things separate.</p>

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