Google is integrating Meet with Gmail’s mobile app to create an easier way for users to join video meetings and a debilitating bug in Microsoft 365’s Outlook causing the app to malfunction.
“Email has an ability many channels don’t: to create valuable personal touches – at scale” – David Newman
In this article, we’ll cover the following email industry news:
- Google Meet: A new way for users to join video meetings directly from Gmail’s mobile app
- Outlook rendered ‘inoperable’ after a Windows update
Ready to dive in?
Gmail On Mobile Adds A Google Meet Tab
With the ongoing pandemic and most businesses’ work-from-home policies, video conferencing has been on the rise. So much so, Google’s pushing its product Meet across all its products.
The company announced that in early July 2020, it will “launch a dedicated Meet tab in Gmail for iOS and Android that will be available to all G Suite users”. The best part of this integration is that users will be able to join secure video meetings straight from Gmail without the need to open another app.
The goal. To ease the process of joining video meetings straight from your inbox. In Gmail on the web, users can see a sidebar, however, in the mobile app users will see a new tab at the bottom of the screen.
When users click on the new Meet tab in Gmail’s mobile app, they will see a ‘My Meetings’ list showing all the upcoming scheduled video meetings.
The launch of this new integration for mobile has the usual functionality plus a few new options. For example, when a user clicks on a Meet link – meet.google.com – from their mobile device, they’ll be directed to the Gmail app in order to join a meeting.
Since some users might not like a tab taking up the bottom of their screen, Google also allows the feature to be disabled and for them to continue using Gmail as usual.
Why should you care? With the COVID-19 mayhem still tormenting the world, an easy process of joining work – or personal – video meetings directly from the Gmail mobile app saves time and, to top it off, it doesn’t require a lot of technical acrobatics to do so.
Outlook Bug Due To A Windows Update
A bug in a combination of Windows 365 updates caused Outlook to reject its PST files making it inoperable.
According to Microsoft 365’s official announcement, “after updating to Version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or higher and starting Outlook you may see the following error prompt:
Once a user gets this message and follows the process – repair and reboot – ta-da, a new error message pops up. Then you do it again and end up wasting most of your morning as nothing gets fixed. On the other hand, at least Outlook only rejected the PST file and not corrupted it – the file is fine.
The company offered a workaround solution since they are still looking into the issue and apparently can’t be certain where the fix will come from – Outlook or Windows.
Here is the workaround –
1) Right-click the Windows Start button and then choose Run;
2) Type regedit and then click OK;
3) In the left pane, expand Computer and then expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\PST
4) Under the PST key delete the registry keys below and then restart Outlook:
“LastCorruptStore”=”C:\\Users\\user.REDMOND\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\Outlook\\*** Email address is removed for privacy ***”
Now that you’ve ‘graduated’ from Windows Tech School for fixing errors and gained knowledge you’ll probably never need again, riddle us this – “Who tests these updates?”
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