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[3]: well good to hear
by wojtek on Sat 15th Dec 2012 09:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: well good to hear"
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Yeah, their IMAP is sooo brooken that I cannot use any of the IMAP client I tested...oh, wait - it works!

Let's now switch roles - can I use IMAP (or any other open *useful* protocol) to access MS mailbox? There was pop3 (tho, in premium!) but it's not so convenient and if you wanted semblance of the IMAP you HAD to use stupid MS protocols that forced you to use stupid MS implementations of those (MSOE).

1:0 for google. Even if they extend open protocols then allow at least basic access to general clients (take xmpp for example)

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