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

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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16 Comments

1. papss unregistered

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

2. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 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

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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?

8. deventure

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I use my Gmail account for junkmail :) Best regards!

3. tecnigen

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

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

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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!

6. agnoropy

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 01, 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??

10. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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!

14. Os_Money

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

not the correct place to ask tech questions

12. vslayer

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 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

13. vslayer

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

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

15. solomonsteve

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 19, 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..

16. vslayer

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 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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