Gmail for Android Now Supports Exchange Tasks

Posted on March 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Mobile, Office 365 with 7 Comments

Gmail for Android Now Supports Exchange Tasks

Last year, Google added support for Exchange email to its Gmail app for Android. Today, it has gone a step further, adding support for Exchange tasks as well.

“We’re always excited to help users be more productive at work,” Google product manager Janice Wong writes in a new post to the company’s Connected Workspaces blog. “Today, we’re providing another productivity boost for our Exchange users: support for Exchange tasks in Gmail app for Android.”

As Google explains it, this update allows Gmail-using Exchange users to synchronize your tasks with Exchange, add new tasks from Gmail, edit tasks, and flag emails as a to-do for a later response. So pretty much what you’d expect.

I don’t actually use the Gmail app, but I added my Office 365 commercial account to it to see how this works, and there are no surprises: There’s a new Tasks entry in the menu, for example, and you can use the resulting screen to manage tasks and add new tasks.

In other words, a nice new feature for those who wish to access their personal (Gmail) and work (Exchange/Office 365) accounts from a single app on Android.


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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Gmail for Android Now Supports Exchange Tasks”

  1. Meelis Väljamäe

    Not sure if it is some sort of beta thing, but Exchange tasks support has been there for me in Gmail for at least a month now. It is awesome.

    If I'm not mistaken, Outlook Android app still doesn't support tasks. So for me it's 2:0 for Gmail vs. Outlook on Android now, as far as Exchange support goes (calendar issue was first killer flaw with Outlook).

    • offTheRecord

      In reply to Meelis Väljamäe:

      "Outlook Android app still doesn't support tasks

      Yeah, this is a bit of a head-scratcher. Several 3rd party apps have had this capability for ages and, yet, after more than a year, Microsoft's own app doesn't do it.

  2. Jeff_S

    Outlook on Android, the web app, and Win10 app are unbelievably SLOW to take in new emails. I am sticking with Outlook desktop. Emails come in immediately, and I can't imagine using any other client, than Outlook desktop. MS has screwed the pooch on this one for me. I'd love to use the new email client, but simply cant. Far too many limitations and too slow.

  3. allanwith

    Nice little addition. I am curious whether Microsoft over time will kill Exchange Tasks and replace them with Project Chesire and what that "mythical" project is even about...

    Also, Paul, could you write about the addition of Cortana to the Android lock screen in version 2.5.0 of Cortana? It was there before, but they pulled it and now it is back. Perhaps you could review it?

    I think this, along with the progress being made with the Arrow launcher, is a pretty significant feature addition and one that we have been waiting for, for a while.

  4. Jeff Jones

    Gmail (web) has had a task list for a decade or more, but no access that I can find anywhere on the mobile app. Is this only activated if you have an exchange account plugged in?

    Makes no sense to me that they wouldn't have it in the regular Gmail app.

  5. Bogdan Verbenets

    The support is really basic. Categories are non-existent. The tasks are grouped by status; I can also see my finished tasks which I usually don't want to see. Tasks can't be regrouped or resorted by some other criteria. So the feature is still too raw to be used by people who use Exchange tasks deliberately.