Outlook.com Gets Sharing Support For Google Drive And Facebook Photos

The main role of email has been the ability to simply share ideas as well as information with anyone, across the globe – ‘email is a staple of modern communication.’
In recent years, one of the biggest advancements in Outlook has been the ability to edit and share files stored on the cloud, right from your inbox. OneDrive has also been integrated across Outlook and it comes pre-configured with every Outlook account. Additionally, the Outlook mobile apps support Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Earlier this year, Microsoft also announced support for Box and Dropbox in Outlook.com.
Currently, Microsoft has gone on to add three enhancements so as to make sharing simple. They have added the following three features, as per the official blog:
  • They have extended the cloud storage capabilities for Outlook.com, by adding support for Google Drive.
  • They have added the ability to share your Facebook photos from Outlook
  • Finally, they have gone on to make it easier to find the files as well as photos which have been buried in very old emails and conversations, for a long time.
Outlook makes accessing your Google Drive simpler
Outlook users on Android and iOS now comes with the ability to access the Google Drive files for some time.
The company states,
“We are bringing the same capability to Outlook.com. Whether you are using Outlook on the web or our mobile apps, your Google Drive files are just a click away.”
Adding Google Drive is really simple. First, add a new message and then click on the attachment icon. Then, go on to select Google Drive and enter your account credentials. Once you have been added, Google Drive will appear as a source while attaching files.
You can browse as well as select files from either a thumbnails or list view. You can also edit Google file types with shared links, however, earlier it would have opened the file in a new tab.
Now, whenever you receive Google Docs, Slide, or Sheets, you will be able to open the file within Outlook. Just like photos and Office file types, the Google files open in Outlook right next to the message window so that your work flow is not disrupted. If you have edit permissions for Google Drive links, then you will be able to edit, using the full functionality which is available on Google Drive, without needing to leave Outlook.
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Easily sharing photos on Facebook
Microsoft states,
"We want to make sharing your Facebook photos as easy as possible in Outlook."
The steps for connecting Facebook accounts are similar to that of Google Drive. You simply click on the attachment icon from within a new message as well as enter your credentials. Once you are connected, you will be able to browse as well as attach your photos. Your photos will be organized just the way they are on  Facebook – “Photos of me” are the one in which you have been tagged and “My photos” are the ones which you have uploaded.
As stated on the blog,
“So, whether you want to share a photo with someone outside your circle of friends or are emailing someone not on Facebook, sharing is easy.”
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Finding attachments in long conversations easily
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When you are part of the long email conversation, it can be really difficult for you to find which message has the attachment required by you, especially when numerous attachments have been added on the way.
In order to make this easier, Microsoft has added an attachment icon at top of every thread. Click it open to a drop-down list of all the attachments in the conversation. Simply, select the file which you have been looking for and open it. You no longer need to click through each reply or expand the thread.