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 Outlook.com.
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boing
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2007-05-22

I have read multiple comments on this subject over the last several days, and I don't understand why so many people are twisting the facts, and so upset. Here are the facts:

1) ActiveSync will be discontinued only for new Google Sync connections. It will continue to work for Ad based (or what people call "FREE") accounts that already have a connection setup. It will not just "break" for existing connections. So what you have will continue to work without issues.
2) If you are a company, and if you purchase the business edition you will still have ActiveSync. So companies that use some of their profits to purchase a business account will be unaffected.
3) IMAP does do PUSH (IMAP IDLE), and it is not as inefficient as everyone goes on about. This is an old white paper but a good read: http://www.isode.com/whitepapers/imap-idle.html
4) Google has to license each ActiveSync connection. This means they have to pay Microsoft for each connection they support.

So what is the issue? These are "free" accounts, which Google has to pay for. Maybe they decided they could make more money (or Ads were making less for them) by removing the ActiveSync licensing and using open standards. If you are a "free" account user, then I am sure if you want to remain free and use sync for new connections, then implementing CalDAV and CardDAV should not be an issue.

I am "not" a fan of Google, but I do think what Google is doing is a good choice. The real issue is that Microsoft needs to support CalDAV and CardDAV, or open up the ActiveSync protocol. I think they will be forced to do something eventually, just as IE was forced to be more standards complaint. If more companies remove ActiveSync support like Google, Microsoft will be forced to make a move sooner rather then later. Microsoft being forced to do something is not always a bad thing (IE10, .NET, IIS & PHP, etc..). Another good example of this sort of thing happening is Adobe and FLASH, and how they have been forced to adapt to a more standards approach.

Open standards are a good thing.

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