Microsoft has just announced Google calendars and contacts support for Outlook 2016 for Mac, and have already started rolling out the new feature to users who are part of the Office Insider Fast program. “We’re excited to be delivering on these highly-requested features for Mac users and matching our Outlook apps for iOS and Android”, notes Microsoft on its official blog.
While today marks the beginning of this rollout, we need your help to test drive and provide feedback on the experience. We will be closely managing the rollout to Insiders, expanding availability over the next several weeks, before becoming broadly available to Office 365 customers later this year.
Outlook for Mac has long supported connecting to and managing your Gmail. With these updates, Outlook will now also sync your Google calendars and contacts. The experience will be very similar to what you are familiar with in Outlook today, with support for all the core actions—such as add, delete, edit time and location.
A number of Outlook’s best and most advanced email features have so far only been available to those with an Outlook.com, Office 365 or Exchange email address. But with today’s update, other users will also be able to take advantage of several of Outlook’s advanced features with their Gmail account, including Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries.
Outlook 2016 for Mac users who are part of the Office Insider Fast program will be the first to try this new feature. To become an Insider, simply open up Outlook, click Help > Check for Updates and then follow the directions found here.