Windows 8 officially supports Gmail and Google Calendar

Microsoft today showed off Office 15 on ARM, revealed Zune is here to stay (for now) and revealed more details of what's going to be in the consumer preview. They also briefly showed that Google's services work with Windows 8.

Just like on Windows Phone, adding a new account gives you the opportunity to set up your Gmail account and pull in mail and calendar appointments from there. It's great to see that Microsoft is adding in these services by default, rather than just ignoring them and integrating Hotmail/Exchange by default.

No more detail was given, but we know you'll be able to add multiple Gmail accounts, subscribe to multiple calendars from one account and that there will be threaded email messaging.

Windows 8 will be available later this month to the public in the form of a Consumer Preview on February 29. For more coverage, follow the Windows 8 tag.

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I see all the Apple fanboys are out in force trying to **** all over the Windows 8 articles on Neowin, they must feel so threatened.

sam232 said,
I see all the Apple fanboys are out in force trying to **** all over the Windows 8 articles on Neowin, they must feel so threatened.

So true. And yet Office will go to Mac and business people will run it, end of story. Make you want to lol just a little.

So possibly I will have a Metro email and calendar client and a normal desktop email and calendar client? If I only use the metro version will I get notifications when using the normal desktop?

derekaw said,
So possibly I will have a Metro email and calendar client and a normal desktop email and calendar client? If I only use the metro version will I get notifications when using the normal desktop?

Yep, I'm guessing new email alerts will both pop-up in the desktop side, and show up on livetiles.

I think they should use an off-grey rather than grey, looks empty and boring. Or have a subtle pattern in the background just to liven it up a bit like Zune Software or the Start screen.

Panda X said,
I think they should use an off-grey rather than grey, looks empty and boring. Or have a subtle pattern in the background just to liven it up a bit like Zune Software or the Start screen.

I think the Start Screen looked better with a flat background.

I guess they'll support the same accounts as on Windows Phone. I wonder if that includes the social networking sites...

Meph said,
I guess they'll support the same accounts as on Windows Phone. I wonder if that includes the social networking sites...

It does!

Meph said,
I guess they'll support the same accounts as on Windows Phone. I wonder if that includes the social networking sites...

It will, they have a people app for W8 which I guess will be similar to the people hub.

I think it's more interesting that the default Windows mail app will support Exchange. Exchange support has always been limited to Outlook so it's great to see Microsoft opening it up to other official clients.

About the color. I really like this green. I think it should be the default. But as we know there are many colors to choose from. What im not sure is if the colors translate within apps. Like in WP7 some apps retain the accent i have selected. Others have their own colors.

This app can use better spacing around items so its less forced. I think they will work on it and make it better. This looks just tad like a quick job.

TheDisneyMagic said,
I think it will be like Windows Phone, these colours will change depending on which theme you have selected.

^this.

TheDisneyMagic said,
I think it will be like Windows Phone, these colours will change depending on which theme you have selected.

Agreed.

Stoffel said,
I think it looks really slick

And its exactly zero surprise that Gmail is supported - Outlook has supported GMail for the past three versions (2003 for PC and later); in fact, Outlook has been my GMail client of choice. The bigger surprise came, in fact, with Outlook 2010 (both x86 and x64) - Outlook supports auto-detection for IMAP4 (the default for GMail).

PGHammer said,

And its exactly zero surprise that Gmail is supported - Outlook has supported GMail for the past three versions (2003 for PC and later); in fact, Outlook has been my GMail client of choice. The bigger surprise came, in fact, with Outlook 2010 (both x86 and x64) - Outlook supports auto-detection for IMAP4 (the default for GMail).

well because they make alot more money on people using outlook vs losing customers so they switch to hotmail.. makes sense.

juresp said,
I don't want to judge before the final release is out, but that panel in the screenshot looks just awful.

That's the simplicity of Metro at work.... Looks clean, flat, basic... Everything will be like that in Win8, we better get used to it.

TruckWEB said,

That's the simplicity of Metro at work.... Looks clean, flat, basic... Everything will be like that in Win8, we better get used to it.

I'm actually not against the flat look, but the color scheme is quite weird.

juresp said,
I don't want to judge before the final release is out, but that panel in the screenshot looks just awful.

If you see a screenshot of a wp7 interface you'd see it's the worst ui out there, but when you see it for real and you TRY it, the feel is completely different. I've always appreciated how iOS looks but i swear WP7 is the best interface i've seen on a phone. I think it'll be the same with win8, more or less

Heartripper said,

If you see a screenshot of a wp7 interface you'd see it's the worst ui out there, but when you see it for real and you TRY it, the feel is completely different. I've always appreciated how iOS looks but i swear WP7 is the best interface i've seen on a phone. I think it'll be the same with win8, more or less

See my previous reply.

juresp said,
I don't want to judge before the final release is out, but that panel in the screenshot looks just awful.

1992 called. They want their interface back.

TruckWEB said,

That's the simplicity of Metro at work.... Looks clean, flat, basic... Everything will be like that in Win8, we better get used to it.

i think he is talking about the far right panel, that grid looks really messy

juresp said,
I'm actually not against the flat look, but the color scheme is quite weird.

you will choose the main colour just like windows phone

juresp said,
I don't want to judge before the final release is out, but that panel in the screenshot looks just awful.

I think it looks gorgeous