Gmail brings OAuth support to Microsoft and Yahoo accounts

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Google will soon be making it easier for users to add their Microsoft and Yahoo accounts to the Gmail application. (time frame), Google added the ability to add third-party accounts to Gmail so that users could easily access all of their emails from one application. A beautiful application, if I may say so myself.

Now with the addition of OAuth support, Microsoft and Yahoo users will no longer have to enter their usernames and passwords into Gmail in order to add these accounts. There are two ways that this will work for users.

The first is if you are already logged into your Microsoft Account on the device. If you’ve already logged into the Microsoft Account, you will need to simply tap the “Allow” button to give Gmail access to your Microsoft account. If you have not logged into your Microsoft account, you will be redirected to the Microsoft web page so that you can log in, then once completed, the OAuth page will appear and you can give Gmail access to your account.

This can help cut down on signing in or out of the web versions of third-party email accounts. OAuth integration will definitely be beneficial for users that don’t want to use a ton of different email applications, when they can just use one unified app with Gmail.

These features have not been ported to the iOS version yet, as that version only allows users to use their Google accounts. However, we can hope for some cross-compatibility for those users (like me) that use both platforms and absolutely love the Gmail application. The latest update has already started its rollout process and should hit your devices within the next few days.

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