Starbucks launches its Outlook add-in for coffee fiends

Now, there's an easier way to send the most boring workplace thank you gift

Nothing says "I vaguely appreciate you in a professional manner" quite like a Starbucks gift card. It's great for coworkers because Starbucks cafes are everywhere, and you don't actually have to spend time thinking about a personalized gift, or how you might go about giving the gift of actually good coffee.

Starbucks and Microsoft are capitalizing on that with the launch Wednesday of an Outlook add-in that lets users easily send those ubiquitous gift cards to one another in an email. Users have to install the add-in, then connect to a Starbucks account, which they also need. After that, they can pull up a sidebar that makes it easy to add a gift card to future emails.

People can also use the add-in also to set up a meeting at a nearby Starbucks, so they can use all of the gift certificates they've undoubtedly saved up. 

The companies announced plans for the add-in at Microsoft's Build developer conference, as an example of how third parties could integrate with Microsoft Office as a developer platform. They're natural partners -- both are based in the Seattle area (Microsoft even serves Starbucks at its cafeterias.)

To entice people to use the new add-in, Starbucks has said that users who send a gift card through Outlook will be eligible for a $5 card of their own for a limited time. Office 365 and Office Online users can install the add-in by clicking here, while on-premises Exchange customers can follow a list of steps laid out here.

Right now, it's only available for Outlook 2013 and 2016 on Windows and Outlook Online on the web. Microsoft said that it's working to bring add-in support to Outlook for Mac and Outlook Mobile in the future.

Unfortunately, there's not yet a button that allows users to respond to Starbucks meeting requests with "how about we go to this better coffee shop nearby?" Other third parties can develop for Office, though, so that may be possible if another developer decides to take up the cause. 

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Taking cybersecurity to the highest level and order now for a special discount on the world’s most awarded and trusted cybersecurity. Be aware without a care!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?