Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 00:03 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has just responded to Google's move regarding Exchange ActiveSync. Sadly, instead of addressing the very real problems consumers are about to face, Microsoft starts talking about switching to
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RE[3]: Switching
by Soulbender on Tue 18th Dec 2012 06:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Switching"
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but that still makes them non-standard proprietary extensions that Google can change on a whim.

Non-standard, Yes. Proprietary, no.
Google don't "own" these extensions and there are no licenses, restrictions or fees associated with implementing them.
Besides, many things now considered "standard" started out as non-standard.

It's also worth noting that IMAP was designed to be extensible.

Edited 2012-12-18 06:40 UTC

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