Google extends Exchange ActiveSync connections for Windows Phone until July 31
She loves me, she loves me not. That’s the vibe you get with this weird Exchange ActiveSync saga/drama going on between Google and Microsoft right now. It was back in mid-December that Google dropped a bomb on the internet (and mostly Microsoft) by announcing that it was going to stop supporting EAS on January 30, 2013 – which is today.
Existing connections wouldn’t be affected, but going forward anyone trying to set up a Gmail account on a Windows Phone would have a less than ideal experience. Now we’ve got a temporary silver lining.
About 10 days ago we reported that Microsoft was going to work on implement CardDAV and CalDAV for Windows Phone. That would allow Gmail users to get all their contact and calendars syncing nicely on a shiny new Windows Phone.
In an official blog post on the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft announced that Google would continue to support new connections through Exchange ActiveSync for Windows Phone devices until July 31, 2013. In the meantime, the company will go forward with adding support for both CardDAV and CalDAV for the Windows Phone operating system. Combined with their IMAP support, anyone setting up a Gmail account on a Windows Phone device will get a smooth experience when Google does stop the EAS support later this year.
Source: Windows Phone Blog