Outlook.com today announced that it is extending its cloud storage compatibility options by adding support for Google Drive, and also adding the option of sharing Facebook photos right from their app/website.
Outlook.com’s support for Google Drive
Outlook has had OneDrive as its sole cloud sharing option for PC, up until now. While Outlook users on iOS and Android have had the ability to access their Google Drive files for some time, the same capability is coming to Outlook.com. Adding your Google Drive is simple. First, compose a new message and click on the attachment icon. Next, select Google Drive and enter your login credentials. Once added, your Google Drive appears as a source when attaching files. You can browse and select your files from either a list view or as thumbnails.
Just like photos and Office file types, the Google files open in Outlook next to your message window so your workflow is not disrupted.
Outlook.com’s support for Facebook Photos
The steps for connecting a Facebook account are the same as with Google Drive—simply click on the attachment icon from within a new message and enter your credentials. Once synced, you’ll be able to browse and attach your FB photos to Outlook. Your photos will be organized just the way they are on Facebook: “Photos of me” are the ones that you’ve been tagged in and “My photos” are the ones you’ve uploaded.
Apart from these two major upgrades, Outlook.com also incorporated a feature that helps find specific attachments in a whole thread of conversations on mail. This new feature shows all the attachments of a particular thread in a drop-down list, located on top of the conversation. You can click on it to easily find your file without going through the entire list.
All these features will be available to all consumers accessing migrated Outlook.com accounts via the web. In addition, the attachment feature will also be available to all Office 365 commercial subscriptions that include Outlook on the web. The features will start rolling out in the next few weeks, says Microsoft.