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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 15th Dec 2012 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: well good to hear"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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"Advanced Features" == "working with Microsoft backend" ??

From a pragmatic view, I guess that would make sense to most non tech people. But to me, its more like Apple announcing that it wouldn't allow flash on its mobile devices. Its actually a good thing that will over time consign poorer, less open technology to the dust bin ( even though I didn't see that at the time). And in this case, most clueless consumers are going to blame Microsoft for not working with gmail and google calandar, rather than the other way around. They'll push microsoft to adapt to the open standards. That's pretty cool, in my book.


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.


No, I think they developed exchange at a time where other companies were doing their own proprietary email/calendaring solution ( ie lotus notes) . When the standards were developed, they already had a vast majority of the market and figured that they probably wouldn't make more money by opening up by choice. Now they are in a different competitive landscape where their users are going to demand that their clients support an open standard. If I were Microsoft, I wouldn't change Exchange, by any means, but change the clients on Windows phone 8 to integrate with Imap /caldav.

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