Microogle & Goosoft :Combine Google and Bing search,Outlook & gmail,Google Drive & OneDrive...

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Edge will soon start using Chrome's code, but some other Microsoft and Google tools already work well together Robert Irvine explains how to get the best of both worlds.


Combine Google and Bing search results

Google is synonymous with search and, according to recent figures, it's the search engine of choice for more than 89% of UK web users. Bing, in comparison, claims a measly 7% share (it's more popular in the US), but for certain searches, you may find its results are just as good - if not better -than Google's To compare the two, and potentially double the quality of your searches, you can use a service that combines them. There used to be loads of these, but the best remaining one is
SearchBoth, which lets you search Google and Bing (or Yahoo, which also uses Microsoft's search engine) simultaneously and displays the results side by side. You can search web pages, images, videos and more, and click the Split Screen Lock button at the top of the page to give both search providers equal weight.

Alternatively, the Chrome extension Double Shot Search lets you search Bing and Google at the same time directly from your browser toolbar or address bar.

Read Outlook email in Gmail - and vice versa

There was a time when you had to either pick one webmail service or sign up to several and keep switching between them Now, the two most popular email providers have overcome their rivalry to work happily together.

To read messages from your Outlook account in your Gmail inbox, click the cog in the top-right corner, choose Settings and click the Accounts and Import tab. In the 'Check mail from other accounts' section, click 'Add an email account, type your@outlook .com address and click Next. Enter your Outlook password and click Add Account. If you want to import old outlook messages and contacts into Gmail, click 'Import mail
and contacts on the Accounts and Import' tab and follow the steps. On the same page, you can also set up Gmail to send (and reply to) email from your Outlook address, when necessary.

To read your Gmail messages in your Outlook inbox, click the cog icon in the top-right corner, select View all Outlook settings, Sync email' and, under Connected accounts', click Gmail. Choose how you want to connect your Gmail account as read-only or to send messages from as well- then sign in and click Allow.

If you get a server error when trying to connect in either direction, ensure that your account is set up to allow POP access - this option can be found on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab in Gmail, and the 'Sync email page in Outlook.

Sync Google Drive files with OneDrive

Like money and happiness, you can never have too much backup, and there are big benefits to storing your most important files in more than one cloud-storage service. Not only does this make them easier to access and share, but it safeguards you against accidental deletion, file corruption and account lockout, and the generous amount of free space
offered by Google Drive (15GB) and OneDrive (5GB) means you don't need to pay for peace of mind.

To save you uploading files twice to both services, you can sync and manage your accounts through an online service called Multcloud, which is free to use but also offers premium features for $9.90 (7 80) per month. Sign up with MultCloud, then click the Add Cloud Drives option on the left-hand side of the home screen, choose Google Drive and grant the service access to your account. Click Add Google Drive Account, then repeat the same steps for OneDrive. Next, click Cloud Sync at the top of the page, select Google Drive and OneDrive and
either choose the folders you want to sync data between or sync the whole drives. You can decide whether to sync both ways- so that any file you add to one account automatically. 
ways so that any file you add to one account automatically appears in the other- or one-way only. The free version of MultCloud lets you transfer 50GB of data per month, and also supports Dropbox, Box, Mega, and many other cloud-storage services.

Merge your Google and Outlook calendars

In our comparison of online calendars in Issue 465, we named Microsoft Outlook our Gold Award winner, which may have tempted you to switch from Google Calendar (which won Silver) or to manage them both simultaneously. Fortunately this is easy to do without needing to enter all your events birthdays and other data from scratch.

In the 'My calendars' section of Google Calendar, click the three-dot icon next to the calendar you want to view in Outlook and select 'Settings and sharing'. On the Calendar settings page, choose 'Export calendar to save your data as a ZIP file, then extract the 'ics' file from this. Next, open your Outlook calendar, select 'Discover calendars' in the left-hand menu and choose 'From file'. Browse to the Google Calendar ' ics' file on your hard drive and click Import to add it to your Outlook calendar.

Annoyingly, you can't export calendar data from online Outlook into Google Calendar, so this trick only works in one direction.

Open documents in rival office suites

Microsoft's default file format for documents created in its Word Online tool is its own '.docx. This means that when you add a Word document to Google Docs, it won't open instantly as an editable file. Instead, you can either double-click the document and choose Google Docs from the Open with' menu, or right-click it in your drive and select the option there. Google makes it much easier to download your documents in a Word- compatible format- just go to File, 'Download as' and select
Microsoft Word (.docx) or 'Rich Text Format (.rtf).

Similarly, you can open Excel spreadsheets by choosing 'Open with, then Google Sheets, and download Sheets spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)' format