Microsoft is adding Google Calendar and Contacts support to the Mac version of Outlook 2016, the company announced yesterday. The change means that Outlook users will be able to synchronize and track their Google Calendars across a range of devices, from Mac, to Android phone, to Windows PC. After the update, users will be able to add, delete, and edit events in their Google Calendar through Outlook. The change will also let Gmail account holders use some of Outlook’s more advanced options, including the Focused Inbox feature, and better management of travel bookings and package deliveries. The features are already rolling out to selected Mac users who are part of Microsoft’s Office Insider Fast program, but regular Office 365 customers will need to wait until later in the year to start managing their Google Calendar via Mac Outlook. When you use Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016, your email messages, calendar, tasks, and other items are saved on a mail server, on your computer, or both. Outlook items that are saved on your computer, are kept in Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost). An Outlook Data File (.pst) contains your messages and other Outlook items and is saved on your computer. The most common type of email account — a POP3 account — uses Outlook Data Files (.pst). Your email messages for a POP3 account are downloaded from your mail server and then saved on your computer. Outlook Data Files (.pst) can also be used for archiving items from any email account type. Because these files are saved on your computer, they aren’t subject to mailbox size limits on a mail server. By moving items to an Outlook Data File (.pst) on your computer, you can free up storage space in the mailbox on your mail server.
Created by the multi-billion dollar corporation Google, the Google Calendar application allows users to create personal or public calendars after signing up for a Google account. The accounts are free, and Google stores the calendars within its cloud computing system. That means that the company stores the application and user information on its own servers. The user doesn’t have to download special software to access the calendar — all access is through a Web browser. With traditional desktop software, users store information to their own computers’ hard drives or other storage devices. That means if they want to access their information, they always have to use the same computer. Since the information in Google Calendars exists on the Web, users can view and make changes to calendars from any computer connected to the Internet.