The new Outlook for Windows app finally gains support for Gmail accounts

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Outlook for Windows (Image credit: Future)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is rolling out new updates to its Outlook for Windows app.
  • The app now supports Gmail accounts, with Yahoo and iCloud coming soon.
  • Microsoft Editor is now also available when writing emails.

Microsoft has announced a handful of new features and updates that are now rolling out for users that are testing the new Outlook for Windows app. Today's updates introduce support for third-party Gmail accounts, including full support for Gmail calendar and contacts.

Being able to sign in to the new Outlook app with Gmail is a big milestone, as it's the first real step towards supporting third-party accounts. Until now, the new Outlook for Windows app has only supported Microsoft personal and work accounts. 

Users can now add Gmail to the new Outlook app for Windows. (Image credit: Microsoft)

The company says support for other third-party email services, such as Yahoo and iCloud, will be coming in the future. Other new additions in Outlook for Windows today include built-in Microsoft Editor support when writing emails, polls within emails, delay sending emails, and more.

Here's a rundown of the new features:

Outlook for Windows (Image credit: Microsoft)
  • Rich editing, spelling, and auto complete suggestions powered by Microsoft Editor. 
  • The ability to send emails with polls to help make decisions quicker. (Work and School accounts only) 
  • Delay the delivery of an email for up to 10 seconds so you have a chance to “undo” sending – always an excellent feature if you have a typo or accidentally forgot someone on an  email – or just want to make a few quick changes. 
  • The ability to join a Skype or Teams call directly from the new Outlook for Windows. 
  • The ability to pin important emails to the top of your inbox – helping ensure you don’t forget to follow up on those most important messages.
  • Google calendar support
  • The ability to add multiple shared calendars
  • Supporting multiple time zones
  • Adding daily weather in Calendar view

Microsoft has also listed some features that are coming soon, including more visual and personalization options, a new calendar UI, offline support, and native ICS file type support. 

The Outlook for Windows app is currently in preview and is available as an A/B test for Windows Insiders currently. To see if you're eligible for the new Outlook app, head to the Windows Mail app, and if there's a "Try the new Outlook" toggle in the top right, you can enable it now.

Outlook (Preview) | Microsoft Store

Outlook (Preview) | Microsoft Store

The new Outlook app for Windows brings a whole new redesign and is faster and lighter than the previous Mail app for Windows. Users can skip the A/B testing and download it from the Microsoft Store directly. 

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads