Google cleans house, tosses Google Sync and its Exchange support
posted by Michael H. / Dec 14, 2012, 9:11 PM
Google's view on this move is that there are open protocols like IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV that can do all of this syncing just as easily. IMAP is universally supported, so syncing your Gmail should stay just as easy as it has been. The trouble is that only Android and iOS support CalDAV and CardDAV. There has been some indication that BlackBerry 10 will support them as well, but current BlackBerry devices don't.
The big trouble, not surprisingly, is with Windows Phone, which not only doesn't support CalDAV or CardDAV, but also notoriously doesn't have the support of Google itself building apps for the platform.
Of course, that all said, this won't really change much if you're already a Google Sync user, because the End Of Life plan for Google Sync is currently to stop offering it as an option for new free accounts as of January 30th, 2013. If you are signing up for a paid Google Apps account, you'll still have access to Google Sync.
So, if you think there's any chance of you switching to Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you may want to sign up for Google Sync right now, so it keeps going after January 30th.
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Great... This is going to blow on iOS devices since exchange activesync is much much better than the native gmail support through mail
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:29 PM 0
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or you can just use the Gmail app
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:53 PM 2
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Umm activesync? Is better on iOs??? Wha? Dude exchange on iPS uses IMAP therefore no changes whatsoever. Read the article again. Or do a google search on "m.google.com" iphone supports push email and google contact sync via exchange. Always has always will.
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 11:06 PM 0
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Wait, so this means that contacts on my Android will be backed up how if not via Google Sync?
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:34 PM 0
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as i posted on pocket now, bad move google. gonna make phone hopping that much harder, guess its back to the good ol days of using my sim card for contacts
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:39 PM 1
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This is more of a "if you want to use our service, then you're going to use OUR service" move.
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:44 PM 1
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Actually, that's exactly what Google is going against. It's leaving behind the proprietary service of Exchange, and moving towards open standards
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 9:54 PM 4
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correct. Exchange is an MS service. It was once necessary because MS controlled a lot of business email protocols. They were for a time, the only "alternative" to BES (blackberry enterprise server) in the business world. Apple and Google tied into Exchange because RIM would not allow them to tie in to BES. Now there are open standards other than those 2 and its time to let go. MS and RIM get paid for those services.
posted on Dec 15, 2012, 12:26 PM 0
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So what happens to MS Exchange Alternative's on LINUX which used to function through EAS. Stupid move really. I don't use gmail at all for anything official. Good for WINDOWS Smartphones they would probably find more acceptance in corporate segment after this stupid move.
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 10:21 PM 0
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Noob question here. So does this mean I can't sync my Google contacts and calendars to my WP anymore like I can now?
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 11:02 PM 0
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What about syncing my Google Contacts on my iPhone? I use the Exchange account for that.
posted on Dec 15, 2012, 8:49 AM 0
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@ Michael. Firstly, I think other platforms should simply just support the Open protocols, since they're supported by both IOS and Android. I don't know what's stopping them. Secondly, Google also had to drop EAS for the non-business users. We all know Microsoft is being paid licence fee for the use of EAS which I think will not be needed again. Google Saves cash. Thirdly, I tihink it's only a matter of time before WindowsPhone supports IMAP, POP, CardDAV, CalDAV etc. At least they have more than 30 days to do that. Finally, I think this is a lose-lose situation for we consumers. When two giant companies are locked up like this, only the consumers lose as we are always forced to adjust.
posted on Dec 15, 2012, 9:21 AM 1
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