Gmail embraces Exchange server support in latest Android update
Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren’t for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else’s server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That’s led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google’s got some fresh news about how Gmail’s making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company announces an update with full support for Microsoft Exchange email.
But didn’t Gmail already support Exchange? Well, kinda, but it appears that support wasn’t quite across the board, and required the presence of a separate Exchange services app. And while Google’s not being too specific about exactly what today’s update does to change that situation, the company’s clear that Exchange compatibility is now deploying wide as a formal Gmail feature, giving users access to “all your mail in one place.” From the video Google shares (screenshots above), it looks like Exchange support is quite full-featured, including access to contacts and calendars.
So far, we’ve yet to actually spot this updated app hitting any Android devices, but as Google only just announced the news a couple hours back, the company could still be in the early stages of making its new build available.
Any of you Exchange users, be on the lookout for that update notification incoming, and let us know in the comments here what changes you spot in terms of Gmail Exchange support.