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Outlook for Mac Preview opens Google Calendar, Contacts support

Some time ago, Google and Microsoft drew a line in the sand regarding the integration of their respective email services even as their stances became a growing detriment to their customers.

Fortunately, those practices were then and this is now, where Microsoft (mainly) and Google are integrating their services and technologies much better than before.

Last month, we announced that we’re bringing major improvements to how Google Accounts work in Outlook 2016 for Mac—including an improved setup experience and Google Calendar and Contacts support.

Today, we are announcing a worldwide preview of these features that will run until June 30, 2017. During this time, anyone can install the earliest Outlook for Mac Preview build and help us test the new Google Account experience. You will have access to the same experience as our Insider Fast community—without the requirement of being an existing Office 365 customer.

The best part of the preview rollout is that you get advanced features such as Focused Inbox, richer travel focused insights, and package tracking features all while being able to continue to receive Fas Ring Insider builds without issue until June 30, 2017.

As with most Microsoft preview programs, it’s the feedback the company holds in high regard, so those who test this out should chip in their comments and suggestions to help shape the continuing development of features.

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Has the division between Gmail and Outlook forced to choose a side, and which one?