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Google extends Gmail and Cal syncing for Windows Phone users until December 31st

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Google extends Gmail and Cal syncing for Windows Phone users until December 31st
This has been a long road, and it just got a bit longer. Google has been promising to end ActiveSync support, which would effectively shut off Gmail and Google Calendar syncing for Windows Phone users; and, Microsoft has been promising to add CalDAV and CardDAV support so its users would still be able to use Google services. While that fix has been in the works, Google extended the shut off date from January 30th until July 31st.

Microsoft has completed the update which Windows Phone users would need in order to continue using Google services, which has been slowly rolling out as GDR 2, but not all users have gotten the update yet. So, Google is granting another reprieve, and has decided to extend Gmail and Calendar syncing again, this time until December 31st. Microsoft believes that by then, the majority of the Windows Phone ecosystem will have been updated to support the DAV open standards. 

This is just another in a long series of troubles between Google and Microsoft. Google has been refusing to build apps for the Windows Phone platform, citing the platform's low user base as reason that the development expense isn't worthwhile. Microsoft has tried to end-around Google and bring full YouTube to the platform, but Google shut that down for unauthorized use of the YouTube APIs. The two sides do seem to be working together on this syncing support issue, and have been said to be working together on a new YouTube app, but things are obviously not going smoothly. 

source: The Verge


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posted on 01 Aug 2013, 05:19 1

1. papss (unregistered)


Nice job keeping the jabs out Michael. Glad they are playing nice and at least there's progression

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 05:37 7

2. gazmatic (Posts: 622; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


i only use youtube and picasa. the only reason i have gmail is because of youtube. google is so underhanded. forces you to sign in to verify age when not using chrome but on chrome i have unlimited, unmitigated access to the dark side of youtube...

tired of google. the updated google maps and gmail basically suck if you dont open them in chrome... thank god for outlook and here maps

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 07:48

7. Whateverman (Posts: 3203; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I don't follow... I've never had to sign in on Chrome or Safari to access any YouTube videos. Is this something they just started?

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 07:57

8. deventure (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


thats probably because in chrome you're logged in to your gmail account already, and therefore logged in to youtube, so it doesn't have to age verify you.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 08:06 2

9. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I use my Gmail account for junkmail :)

Best regards!

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 05:43 1

3. tecnigen (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Well thanks for keeping us update with this. Really nice information you have given here.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 05:50 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2654; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Atleast this is good for MS. But why google has been refusing to build apps?

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 06:00

5. Taters (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Same reason everyone else doesn't want to build apps for Windows Phone. It is not worth the resources.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 08:08 2

11. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I think it is .... it's like investing money into a company and after a time when the users are there it will be succesful :)

Best regards!

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 06:28

6. agnoropy (banned) (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


i have 1 problem with windows phone
in lumia
whenever i open youtube in browser
if i search anything and click on video after 4 seconds it goes back to homepage
each and every time
dont know why is it happening??

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 08:07

10. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


That's strange .... maybe u can wait for the GDR2 update? It would not take that long to rollout .... But i'm sorry i think i can't help you i must see the problem when the phone is in my hands ...

Best regards!

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 10:23

14. Os_Money (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


not the correct place to ask tech questions

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 09:42

12. vslayer (Posts: 34; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Why google is not so nice with microsoft ....please MS ive been pissed off in this news that the fact is MS is giving most of the apps to google which is the most popular ones like skype,skydrive and the most noted is the one differentiatior vs the other plattfors THE MS office , if google cant do it same as you MS pull out this famous MS services to google

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 09:45

13. vslayer (Posts: 34; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


I can live with it ... Playing youtube videos in my my browser will be fine ,

sent via windows phone

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 10:37

15. solomonsteve (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Google knows building apps for Windows Phone is gonna be a threath. They will never do it. User are already leaving Android for WP. so just imagine if WP has all Google apps..

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 18:12

16. vslayer (Posts: 34; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


The one will thr most affected here in this issue is the user in my case i dont have any google services here exeptyoutubethe third party app called metrotube

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