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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Nelson
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2005-11-29


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.


The issue is that existing configurations, for say, new devices, pre-configure GMail to use EAS because it is a simpler solution to roll out, and because it integrates nicely into the enterprise.

So while no current users are affected, people now have to scramble to alter the way they configure Gmail accounts. For example, on Windows Phone 7, Gmail accounts are auto set up to use Google Sync with EAS.

Meaning after the cut off date, any WP device that comes with Gmail must be reconfigured or it will not work out of the box. That's a breaking experience.


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.


For now. That's the really worrying part to business I'd imagine. It must be absolutely horrifying that Google even flirts with the idea of ditching EAS.


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


When resources are at a premium, say on a mobile device, "not as inefficient" doesn't really cut it.

IMAP IDLE is flawed in that respect. It becomes increasingly more demanding to receive push emails (Never mind the fact that the e-mail isn't even downloaded in the background like EAS)

Saying its an alternative to ActiveSync Push is foolish.


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.


I agree with implementing CalDAV and CardDAV, if only for completeness. The ActiveSync protocol is open, its just royalty encumbered. You pay to play. That's different from not being able to play at all.


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.


Maybe. I just don't see it happening. There is no good replacement for EAS yet. I think maybe once better IMAP extensions become more mainstream..then we could revisit this conversation but I have a huge problem with degrading the experience for the sake of open standards.

Come up with something better, don't just stand on the shoulders of the fact that a standard is open.

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