Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Dec 2012 22:37 UTC
Google "Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function." Others are free to implement the open protocols.
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RE[5]: well good to hear
by 0brad0 on Sat 15th Dec 2012 07:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: well good to hear"
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But Google can take an open standard and make it proprietary to fit their needs.

They very much could, but their track record shows that they're very much willing to work with appropriate standards bodies to ensure that the protocols and file formats, etc. that they work on are open and accessible, unlike Microsoft.. still.

And I see Google is keeping it for the business customers which seems to me that they just dont want to pay the licenses for their free customers and want them to move over to paying if they want good advanced features. (Nothing wrong with that) but to play it like they are doing it to support open standards sounds a little fishy (Being that they also got rid of free Google Apps)

It is more than likely they'll have a slower phase out period even for business customers but it'll go away there as well eventually.

Microsoft is stuck though because they can't make money off of using open standards they could of implemented those a long time ago if they could.

That is complete nonsense. Especially for Microsoft.

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