Microsoft is spicing thing by collaborating with Google, so if your Outlook looks a bit different, then you are one of the very few people who are a part of the testing process.
Reportedly, after a quick set up process, you are able to use the new integrated features of Google through your Outlook account. All you need to do is link your Google Account to your Outlook account and Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive will show up on your screens.
Not many changes have been made, and the whole interface is somewhat similar to Outlook for iOS and Android. The new integration provides some separate boxes on the calendar. Not much is known about the working of the new features yet, but from what little information has been gathered, it is revealed that the entire page is refreshed whenever a switch has been made from Outlook to the Gmail account or vice versa.
With Gmail and Google drive being some of the most popular services, it seems like the integration is made to make the lives of people who use both Google services and Outlook extensively easy. Even though the integration has not been useful when switching Gmail and Outlook as the whole page refreshes during the process, the integration has made exporting documents and files to Outlook and Gmail more convenient.
This is not the first and won’t be the last about Microsoft revamping Outlook as just a few days ago Microsoft gave Outlook for Mac a complete makeover. The tech giant redesigned some of the features that have become a must over the years of usage.
It came up with a complete makeover of the interface for composing and reading emails. Not just that, the new interface also allows users to ignore emails if they want. With collapsible panels, users now have the ability to tweak their main view and toolbar to their satisfaction.
Another major change in OutLook is Ribbon. “Following the same design principles as the Office 365 user experience updates announced last year, the ribbon was updated in the new Outlook for Mac to be fully customizable,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. Also, the new updated Outlook makes it easier for people who are using Office 365, Outlook or Gmail to sync their email quickly thanks to a new sync technology.
Microsoft now provides you with a daily calendar just next to the main screen so you are up to date with your daily tasks. Other minor changes include moving of the search bar to the top of Outlook along with the addition of Microsoft Search into the results making any search quick and relevant. You can also customize your results to your needs with new filters.
Another decision by Microsoft was announced at the Microsoft Ignite 2019 Conference in Orlando, Florida about Cortana and Outlook at the start of this month. The company announced that the Cortana was turned into an ‘artificial intelligence’ for Microsoft Outlook Mobile for Android as well as iOS. The main aim of the decision was to inculcate text to speech technology for faster writing on smartphones. The feature will roll out somewhere in the Spring of 2020 for Android users. Although the Cortana for Outlook mobile is limited to English, more languages will soon be introduced.
According to Microsoft, Cortana will play the role of a project management tool by performing multiple tasks such as reading emails or making a change in the user’s schedule. Several voice commands such as Archive, Delete, Exit, Next, Pause, Previous, Resume, skip, Flag, and unflag the email will help people who are busy doing something else but need to access an urgent email.
Microsoft is doing its best to fulfil its users’ needs and is paying attention to what is liked or disliked by the users. Microsoft has announced that it will be bringing out more updates soon, so there is something to look forward too.