Microsoft has unveiled a significant update for its New Outlook for Windows app, which now has the capability to synchronize user mail data from non-Microsoft email accounts such as Gmail and Yahoo. This move, aimed at augmenting user experience across the Microsoft 365 suite, has brought IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) account syncing into focus for those utilizing Microsoft's cloud services.
Details of the IMAP Sync
Syncing with Microsoft's cloud servers is voluntary and users are prompted with a choice to either proceed with syncing or opt-out. Upon agreeing, email data from IMAP accounts will be shared with Microsoft's cloud, although, as noted, existing contacts and events will not be synchronized. Any new contacts and events created within Outlook, however, will be stored in the Microsoft Cloud. This integration allows for the utilization of enhanced features of the Outlook client, including those for non-Microsoft email accounts.
Privacy and User Choice
Privacy-conscious users can rest assured that the option to decline Microsoft's synchronization offer remains accessible. The technology giant has provided this option alongside detailed information about what data syncing entails and how it can improve the Outlook experience. By storing email data in Microsoft Cloud, users can access new Outlook features uniformly across various email providers.
Microsoft's support documentation provides comprehensive details regarding this feature, reinforcing its commitment to transparency and user control over personal data. Users of Outlook for iOS, Android, and Mac, as well as Outlook.com, can explore the new syncing capabilities for their non-Microsoft accounts, including Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud.
Earlier this month, Microsoft brought the new Business Management Tool Org Explorer to Outlook. Expected to launch this month, with Org Explorer, Outlook users can see and manage their company's structure, work, and roles. This feature makes Outlook a one-stop solution for business management needs.