If you’re using a Windows 10 PC or laptop, you know that having an Outlook.com email account is necessary if you want to fully take advantage of the features offered by the Mail and Calendar apps. However, this is bound to change since Microsoft is releasing an update that will extend these features to Gmail users.
The Redmond-based tech giant revealed this exciting info on the official Windows blog on April 21. With this update, Windows 10 users who prefer to use Gmail will be able to enjoy the features that were previously available only to Outlook users. One of these is Focused Inbox, which essentially divides your email inbox into two categories: Focused and Other. All your important emails will fall under Focused, while the rest will be automatically sorted under Other. You’ll be notified about the emails that are going to the Other category, and you can easily switch from one tab to another. This feature is designed to get the non-important stuff out of the way and help you concentrate on priority tasks and stay productive.
Gmail users will also find it easier to verify flight, hotel, and transportation bookings and keep all their travel information in one place. This comes from the fact that the update brings with it the simplified summary cards that Outlook users are enjoying. These cards appear in the inbox as well as in the Calendar app and provide you with all the important details you need about your itinerary, such as your departure times, check-in link, and confirmation numbers for reservations. As a result, there’s no need to trawl through your inbox and open emails one by one — a quick glance at the summary card will give you all the info you need.
Simplified summary cards are also available for package deliveries. Once you receive a shipping confirmation email for your order, the important details (such as the date and time of delivery) will automatically be placed in a summary card. It will also be added to your Calendar app so you’ll always be reminded of when your package will arrive.
Check out Microsoft’s official blog post to learn more about this update!