For Gmail users who are also avid Mac users, the Outlook mail app has consistently been a bone of contention, as Google Calendar and Google Contacts was not supported by Microsoft’s software. But that is all about to change. In early March, Microsoft announced that it would add Google Calendar and Contacts support to the Mac version of Outlook 2016. And although Outlook has supported Gmail for quite some time already, the addition of this support means that Mac users using this mail client will soon have an enhanced user experience as key Google tools are integrated in to the Outlook interface.
This change will not only allow users to seamlessly synchronize their Google calendar and contacts across a range of devices, but it will also allow Gmail users on Mac to utilize some of Outlook’s best features. The Outlook for Mac update will include the Focused Inbox tool as well as the Summary Card feature. For those unfamiliar with these tools, Focused Inbox allows users to segregate emails into two main categories, Focused and Others. The Focused Inbox allows the user to filter their inbox with just one click and see only the important emails without all the clutter such as spam, solicitations, promotions, etc. Meanwhile, the at-a-glance Summary Card feature is lauded for its ability to compile pertinent information from emails related to package tracking and travel itineraries and puts it all in an easy to read and easy to find format that is also linked to your calendar.
At present, this Outlook upgrade is still in beta testing and is only available to select Mac users who are already part of the Microsoft Office Insider Fast Community; however, barring any unforeseen issues during this test phase, Microsoft expects to roll out this update to all Office users later this year.