Google Confirms Extension of Exchange ActiveSync Support for Windows Phone

The window hasn’t been slammed shut on Windows phone users just yet. Following recent confirmation that it would end consumer support for Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol on January …

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The window hasn’t been slammed shut on Windows phone users just yet. Following recent confirmation that it would end consumer support for Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol on January 30th (yesterday), Google reconsidered the matter.

As a result, Google is pushing the cutoff date to late summer in a move that will allow mobile users to continue accessing all the bells and whistles of Gmail messaging services on their Windows-powered smartphones.

“We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013,” a post on the Windows Phone Blog reads.

At the same time, the Windows Phone team is building support into our software for the new sync protocols Google is using for calendar and contacts—CalDAV and CardDAV. These new protocols, combined with our existing support for the IMAP protocol for email, will enable Windows Phone users to continue to connect to Google services after July 31, 2013.

To read the full post on the Windows Phone Blog and for more information regarding these developments, click here.

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    Why would you knowingly want to restrict users from accessing their email on their phone. I don't understand this from Google. Do they really want people to consider alternatives to their service?