Microsoft receives extension until July 31st for Google Sync support on Windows Phone

Daniel Bader

January 30, 2013 7:01pm

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Microsoft has announced that its discussions with Google have borne fruit and there will be an extension to the cessation of Exchange ActiveSync support for Windows Phone devices. Support was originally supposed to expire on January 31st, but Google has extended the service until July 31st while Microsoft implements a solution to the problem of syncing calendar and contacts.

If the cessation had gone through, Windows Phone users would no longer have been able to natively synchronize their contacts and calendar, though email would still work through the IMAP protocol. While Apple’s iOS has its own Gmail app and supports CardDAV and CalDAV, Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 don’t have such options just yet. In a blog post released today, Microsoft says that it will issue an OTA update for Windows Phone users to support the two protocols.

You may have seen a recent announcement from Google regarding changes to the Google Sync service used to connect devices to Google services (Google Sync utilizes the Exchange ActiveSync, or EAS, protocol from Microsoft to synchronize email, contacts, and calendar).  We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013.

At the same time, the Windows Phone team is building support into our software for the new sync protocols Google is using for calendar and contacts—CalDAV and CardDAV. These new protocols, combined with our existing support for the IMAP protocol for email, will enable Windows Phone users to continue to connect to Google services after July 31, 2013.

Good stuff from both companies.

Source: Microsoft

  • john

    i feel bad for microsoft…. google is just to powerful for them to handle… and google is starting to monopolize things.. tsktsk

  • Tomatoes11

    About time that Microsoft took the proactive money hats approach they took with the Xbox brand. Sitting on your a$s and blaming Google for not caring about you and your platform wasn’t the right strategy.

    Google couldn’t care less about WP8 so of course you have to woo them and give them money hats.

  • Crank2

    If I use Exchange/ActiveSync (instead of “Gmail”) to sync my google calendar on my iPhone, will it stop working tomorrow?

    • AWSguy

      It will stop on July 31st.

    • Braumin

      No it won’t stop working. This is only for new accounts. Existing Google accounts which use EAS already will continue to work.

  • Tom

    I’m still in shock that people freaked out at Google because they wanted to discontinue providing for free, support for a proprietary MS protocol that Google has to pay licensing fees for.

    Google didn’t do this until good open alternatives were in place, and would continue support for any users who sign up for payed accounts, and yet still they still got a black eye for the move.

    • Tomatoes11

      It is called self entitlement issues.

  • roach_779

    I’m cool. I discontinue all my Google accounts after initially hearing this news. I don’t need no snooping service anyways.

  • Ka-ra-te Master, The Fifth Dan

    i have a lumia 920 I dropped it on my foot…my foot is now broken

  • Jon_d0e

    I don’t need active sync
    I have gmail

  • Tyler

    What about for Microsoft’s other phones like KIN, Zune, etc.?

    We know when they die, but how do we find out when Microsoft officially admits Windows Phone is dead?

  • Tyler

    roach_779

    You know Microsoft:
    (a) Makes money on a fee per intercept basis — paid by the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, etc. — for communications over its hotmail, live, msn, office365, and other web services
    (b) They have built in backdoors for this purpose into products like Skype, Windows
    (c) This is an important strategy for them to obtain big sales to governments, and secure cooperation for those governments attacking their competitors while leaving them alone

    They’ve been relying on this for the past decade, and the only thing that has changed is that Apple joined in at iOS 3+.

    Google, believe it or not, is principally aligned with your interests.

    • jack

      @Tyler, if your interests are primarily rooted in having Google sniff your personal information so that they can advertise to you and share it with their partners then you are dead on. Don’t make Google out to be a protector of private information because we all know that is clearly their weakest capability.

  • nexus 4 life

    just got back from there launch event. it was nice free boos. i honestly gotta say the z10 is absolutely terrible. the douche bag tries so hard to hype up features i have seen since 2010. the phone steals so many outer elements from the iphone its not even funny. it was very laggy and buggy. the Q10 seems much better built and more thought went into it. the android apps are also gingerbread looking. not trying to bash rim but the z10 is massively overpriced. i will applaud them for event flo rida performed and they gave away phones which seemed rigged cause groups of friends were winning z10. some packy git got arrested for trying to steal 3 z10. that was amusing. all in all great launch event. i recommend waiting till spring for the Q10. Full touch is not rimss forte.