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Asking a colleague to grab a coffee will now require just a couple clicks, thanks to a new add-in for Outlook from Starbucks.

The feature launched today, and it lets Outlook users schedule meetings at nearby Starbucks locations and purchase and send Starbucks gift cards via email. It will be accessible from the ribbon in Outlook to people who install the Starbucks add-in. Microsoft first announced plans for the Starbucks add-in in March.

The new feature is meant to help people build relationships through more informal interactions.

A new add-in for Outlook from Starbucks allows users to set up meetings at a nearby Starbucks and buy and send Starbucks gift cards. (Credit: Microsoft)
A new add-in for Outlook from Starbucks allows users to set up meetings at a nearby Starbucks and buy and send Starbucks gift cards. (Credit: Microsoft)

“In this fast paced, hyper-connected world, where meetings are often conducted remotely or in a formal office setting, we sometimes lose a personal connection which is so important in building a great business relationship,” according to the blog post on the add-in.

The Starbucks for Outlook add-in is available here. It’s not available in Outlook for Mac or Outlook Mobile yet, but Microsoft is working on it, and it should be available in a few months, according to the blog post.

 

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