Last month, we announced that we’re bringing major improvements to how Google Accounts work in Outlook 2016 for Mac—including an improved setup experience and Google Calendar and Contacts support. We’re excited to be delivering on these highly requested features for Mac users—matching Outlook for iOS and Android—by providing Google Accounts with a more powerful way to stay in control of the day ahead. These updates are currently available to our Office Insider Fast community, and we’ve been excited by the response we’ve seen.
However, we still need some additional feedback before making these updates broadly available. Today, we are announcing a worldwide preview of these features that will run until June 30, 2017. During this time, anyone can install the earliest Outlook for Mac Preview build and help us test the new Google Account experience. You will have access to the same experience as our Insider Fast community—without the requirement of being an existing Office 365 customer.
Getting the Outlook for Mac Preview is simple—just visit the preview website and click the Download button.
What should I do if I’m already an Outlook for Mac user?
If you are already using Outlook as part of Office 365, this preview isn’t for you. Existing users can get access to the new Google Account features, and all the latest Outlook innovations, simply by joining our Insider Fast community. Just open Outlook, click Help > Check for Updates and then follow these directions.
What if I don’t use Outlook for Mac?
This preview is for you! To try Outlook for Mac with your Google Account and test drive the new updates, visit our preview website and click the Download button. This will install the latest preview version of Outlook 2016 for Mac, which you can use until June 30, 2017. You will receive the same builds and weekly updates as our Insider Fast community. As you use the new features, check out this list of known issues and share your feedback by going to Help > Contact Support in Outlook.
Why stop there? Install Outlook for iOS and connect your Google Account to get the same, rich Outlook experience on your Mac, iPad and iPhone. Your Gmail will get better with advanced features like Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries.
Once the preview is over, you can become an Office 365 customer to continue getting all the latest features and innovation in Outlook and Office for your Mac and iPhone. Just go to Outlook menu and select Subscription Options.
Make your voice heard!
Got a suggestion for how to improve Outlook for Mac? Please suggest and vote on future feature ideas on our Outlook for Mac UserVoice page.
—The Outlook team