Windows 10 Mail App Reportedly Blocked From Accessing Gmail
There are reports coming in that Google might have blocked the Windows 10 Mail app from accessing Gmail accounts. Similar to the Gmail app on Android devices, the Windows 10 Mail app lets users access 3rd party email accounts besides Microsoft’s own Hotmail/Outlook ones. However, according to a report from NPU, Google has now blocked this app from accessing Gmail account.
The image shows that Google considers this Windows 10 Mail app as a less secure method of accessing emails and asks users to verify its authenticity. An email is sent to the Gmail account which tried to log in using the Windows 10 app. If they feel it’s safe, they can allow Gmail access to it or add some extra security layers to their account if the login attempt wasn’t their doing.
The conflict between Microsoft and Google isn’t really something new although they might mask it in public by giving users freedom of choice between both tech giants.
Both companies have a lot of projects that conflict and compete against the other. These include the Chrome OS and Windows, Android and Windows 10 mobile, Google search and Bing to name a few.
According to NPU, after allowing access to the “less secure app” regular functionality of Gmail accounts is restored in the Windows 10 Mail app. While it may not seem much of a problem for most users, there are some who might end up ditching the app altogether thinking there is no way to access their emails through it any more.
It is unclear as to how widespread this blockage is, or if maybe this was a one-time error and not done on purpose by Google. Whether this problem affects the Outlook app on Android devices or not remains to be seen. There is also no word from Microsoft or Google about this issue.