Microsoft "surprised" by Google ditching Exchange, suggests Outlook.com

Microsoft "surprised" by Google ditching Exchange, suggests Outlook.com
Last week, Google announced that it was going to drop support of Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync through Google Sync for new free users. The option will continue for those who already have Google Sync set up, and it will continue as an option for paid Google Apps users, who are more likely enterprise users, and more likely to need Exchange support. Google is moving away from Microsoft's proprietary system in favor of open standards like IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV. All of that sounds like a very Googley way to do things, but somehow Microsoft was still "surprised" by the move, and has no suggestions for users other than to switch to Outlook.com for their e-mail.

Windows Phone users have been somewhat upset with Google for doing this because it means that if you don't have Google Sync set up before January 30th, it will be much more difficult to sync calendar and contact data from Google, because WP doesn't support open standards. Today brought a response to Google's announcement on the Outlook Blog, stating that Microsoft was "surprised" by the move, and used the news as a way to push people towards using Outlook.com, and explaining the superiority of the Exchange ActiveSync technology. 

Of course, it makes sense for users to use complementary products with their platform choice (ie. Google Apps with Android and Microsoft apps with Windows Phone), and obviously Microsoft will support its own technology, but we are still a bit disappointed to see that Microsoft didn't even mention any possibility of supporting open standards in the future. 

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69 Comments

69. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Well, I was surprised that WP 7.5 doesn't support VPN. Looks like Google made it even for me :P

61. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Paid MS blogger! Lolzzz! You just made my morning!!

63. MeoCao unregistered

You have time to investigate me, that's not what normal people do.

60. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

And yes google is as evil or worse than MS. You can research some of the troubles google is in and those who are angered by their behavior. I don't hate Android, I don't appreciate who owns it. And MS and Apples closed system has allowed you to have many of the awesome tech you love today. Otherwise you'd have chaos in the tech world. Rampant viruses, no innovation, laziness, cheap ass products, eventually that open system will burst like a bubble. Those Android OEMs will eventually drain every idea out. What more can they do after 1080p screens, quad cores, they will exhaust everything in a short period of time. Only Apple, RIM, MS will survive the tech bubble. But you believe what you believe and that's fine with me.

62. MeoCao unregistered

I working in tech for a long time, and I know how bad duopoly of MS and Intel is to technology. People have to pay lots of money for low quality PCs while the industry is in stagnation. Android is only 5 years old and look what change it has brought. MS and Intel now is under severe pressure to change and consumers are better off. And Google is a fresh air, they preach open systems and so far I'm very impressed, maybe later they'll change IDK, but so far so good.

65. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

LINUX on Desktop couldn't take off due to Magfia called WINTEL.

58. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Discuss tech? Read some of what you've posted! Sounds full of anger and joy over this PA news. Too personal for me. Simply Annoying.

59. MeoCao unregistered

What's anger? I say MS is monopoly is anger and you say the opposite is reason? if you are annoyed then just ignore, I'm suspicious that you are a MS paid blogger and try to suppress anti-MS opinions and you may appear under various identities.

56. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Annoyed more than anything.

57. MeoCao unregistered

It's you who are annoying, people join this forum to discuss techonology and not members' personal lives. I have plenty of time and that's none of your business, have a life yourself.

54. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Who's warring? Look at all your Fandroid friends posts, including your own. Jumping up and down like wild animals over this PA news.

55. MeoCao unregistered

So what, I have plenty of time, envious?

52. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

You don't want anyone borrowing or using your stuff without your consent. You worked hard to create something. You should reap the rewards for it. If you can make something better with your own idea, go ahead. Go get a job! Earn some money, instead of living on free Google stamps, right MeoCao?

53. MeoCao unregistered

You mean I'm jobless and live on food stamps? Say what you want to say straight and don't be so complicated. When you can't reason you will turn to insults and personal attacks, right? MS will lose the war to Google and will be marginalised LOL

49. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Don't get scroogled jump to Outlook let scroogle suffer from their own decisions

39. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I've tried those so called "open standards" found within android, gmail, IMAP, Firefox, Linux, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP etc.. and quite frankly they suck. Before making these blind assumptions, please take a second to realize that we didn't ask for these half-assed open standards to be shoved down our throats'. Most of us know that free doesn't necessarily mean better, which is why we choose to pay more for the superior product eg. MS Office 2010 Professional, Outlook 2010, MS Exchange Server, Windows, Photoshop CS6, MacOS, Garage Band. The list goes on and on

41. MeoCao unregistered

I use Yahoo mail and I'm fine with it, I also used OutLook in PC and don't see anything different. And if MS think their service is superior they can make an app for Android and charge for the service, but frankly I don't believe many consumers will use it.

38. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

"Windows Phone users have been somewhat upset with Google for doing this" ROTFLMFAO... No we haven't.

44. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You speak for every windows phone user? Well there isnt that many of you i suppose.

48. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

True a lot of us using outlook so f scroogle

36. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

microsoft better stop trying to bash google and android in their campaigns or they will be "surprised" by what else will happen if they do!

32. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

and yes open means our data will be open for adversisment on google bravo MS is still better in that prespective

24. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

you think microsoft isnt selling your information? My Gmail account is staying with Google.

27. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

well everyone sells your information your isp provider, supermarket rewards card program, credit card company, debit card company, and so on and so forth.

16. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Wow, somehow it always ends up being microsofts fault. Ive been on hotmail since god knows when and still have the @msn.com adress and couldnt be happier... Most people here dont know it but there is life outsode of google...

25. MeoCao unregistered

Haha, MS ia at fault b-c they use proprietary technology and build a closed ecosystem. But if you happy with MS service so why not. It's great that we have choice now thanks to open source movement.

28. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Proprietary? How so? I can purchase a AMD/Intel processor with a AMD or Nvidia GPU and install any OS/NOS to my hearts desire. So how is that proprietary? I have a winbox that is uses thunderbird, firefox, and open office. I don't see proprietary?

29. MeoCao unregistered

WP, Windows, ActiveSync, Office.... are those proprietary? We are talking about MS vs Google here my firiend.

34. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You mean something Microsoft developed on its own and has been the standard for almost as long as PCs have been popular? Many companies try to emulate Microsoft's successful programs, some.better than others, but it is difficult to displace such an embedded standard, especially in the corporate world. I'm in favor of open-source programs as alternatives, especially if they cause the standards to progress, but there has to be the reliability and sustainability of that alternative otherwise it's just a folly used for a little while until the novelty wears out and the user returns to using the standard. I've tried Open Office, Google Docs, (as well as apple's crummy attempts), etc, none compare to the comprehensive setup and broad.functionality (and reliability and acceptance) of Microsoft Office. Same with IE versus Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Skyfire, etc. That said, there isn't anything that entrenched yet in the mobile sphere, and there likely won't be anytime soon, as it is too fickle and no company has figured out the semi-perfect formula. Just looking at RIM and Palm/HP proves that.

40. MeoCao unregistered

No1 is trying to displace anything here, Google stopped supporting ActiveSync b-c they don't want to pay MS for it. Or you mean Google must support MS and pay MS at the same time for that support?

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