Google wins one for open standards: Microsoft to adopt DAV

Google wins one for open standards: Microsoft to adopt DAV
This one was something of a mess. It started just before the holidays, when Google announced that it would be stopping Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support for new free users, and would only accept new paid enterprise users for support. Microsoft was surprised by the move, and lashed out, but now the tech giant is yielding, and will adopt the DAV open standard.

Without Google Sync, which took care of the Exchange ActiveSync, there were fears that Windows Phone users would have big trouble with Google accounts. It's unclear if this is true or not because Google said the service would remain intact for existing users. But, at the very least, new Windows Phone users would have troubles, because while Gmail would remain unaffected, Google Contacts and Calendar would cease to sync. 

Google had given Microsoft 45 days notice, saying the support would be removed on January 30th. Microsoft asked for a 6 month extension to work on CalDAV and CardDAV support, but Microsoft claims that Google has been "largely unresponsive" to Microsoft's questions and requests. But, there are also reports that Google had privately told Microsoft about the pending change in the summer of last year, so Microsoft would have had about 6 months to work on fixes. 

Either way, we're only a week away from finding out just how troubling the change will be for Windows Phone users. In the meantime, Microsoft has said that it is working to add support for CalDAV and CardDAV, but there is no word on a release window for the update.

source: The Verge

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57 Comments

1. thunderbolt

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Beggars can't be choosers as the saying goes. MS is helpless ...

15. T.R.O.L.L

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Hahaha Lmao +1 ™

20. MeoCao unregistered

the only language that MS understands: force, brutal force.

25. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Tell MS to harden the fcuk up LOL

39. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

MS better hurry up. They better not ruin the gaining momentum of Windows Phone.

42. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Google fights for us, for freedom....Microsoft just abuse its monopoly....get rid of that briber = Microsoft

43. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

are you for real rofl

47. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so translator, maps, codecs, standards for free from Google is nothing and thanks to that lower prices of h264 and other SW is still nothing? Android for free to everyone is nothing? if you think properly it helps us even for freedom you are not pushed to use his services ;)

49. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Yes m8, it is all free, moneywhise, but you pay a price for it all nonetheless... google knows all there is to know about you, where you eat, where you sleep, what you like, dont like, for example which xxx sites you wisit andso on. So what you save in cash you loose in privacy, and for some people that is just unacceptable. So i say who cares about gCrap...

51. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

yes....all that serve for ad business.....whats wrong? you are not pushed ;)

54. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Indeed i am not, thats why i try to avoid google wherever i can.

52. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That's just BS. I'm not idealizing Google, but they are surely by far better company than Microsoft. Only a blind ignorant hater will think otherwise

55. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Better? Dude i am a fan of windows phone cos i like the experience more than the others, and am not for a single second fooled into thinking a company the size of google or msoft or apple is "good". Why? They are after your money, one way or the other, so that cant make them good.

56. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

exactly....or Apple, Intel

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Haha MS forced to use an open standard. And if MS is still wondering why Google won't give them any 1st class status on YouTube, just remind them who setup scroogled.com.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Open standards are against MS' DNA. Every one of the developers MS assigns to CalDAV and CardDAV will have to be isolated completely (as in separate work areas and what-not) from their non-open colleagues. MS can't have open sh*t going and contaminating the rest of MS' crew.

9. papss unregistered

How the hell do you know that? Or are you just spewing fanboy comments?

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Maybe in the past it was, but they are forced to go more open standards due to competition, not out of their free will. Just read the MS halloween documents/emails if you want proof.

3. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Wow, that's a big deal, really....bhahaha! It's Giggle who lose clients, because anyone who uses Win or WinPhone has a variety of choices for e-mail, inlcuding the most popular - hotmail/outlook. So this is a coward move from Giggle, but...we all know that if MS gains speed fast enough - bye, bye ads money from Handroid :)

7. champ_vl

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Your lack of intelligence made me laugh. Thank you

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LOL!!!

53. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I notice a trend actually. Most of those cheering for Microsoft just look like plain idiots..which makes sense, when you think about it

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol that made me laugh.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

M$ could ask for more money from the likes of Shino. I am 100% for open standard because it level the playing field. Any one or company will good idea could implement solution make better product free from the harassment from old greedy corporation. E.g Microsoft

58. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

so u actually mean that BMW M5 should come free not for price but when u drive ads popup on ur screen all day :D no one runs for free who is gonna pay for employees and bills and taxes googles compromizes ur privacy MS takes your money its not all that bad only you should know what you want to compromize. its not good forcing same s**t on everyone not MS nor google. First MS use to do it now Google is doing same evil thing. only change is people are now more dumb then before their phones are smart but they are not. half of people knows google gives free service but dont know how they make money then.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you are not very bright, are you?

16. T.R.O.L.L

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

He hates Google and Android, he's a Apple and WP fanboy.

21. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

"most popular - hotmail/outlook" I did not know that....

50. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Now you know, msoft owns 35% of the email clients market with hotmail and outlook, while gmail has 9%...

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

No troubles at all. Never use Google stuff besides Youtube, which is sad they have monopoly over. To the point, MS have everything I need, simple, secure, and more private.

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