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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well good to hear
by TechGeek on Sat 15th Dec 2012 00:59 UTC
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Glad Google is pushing open protocols now that they have the market share to matter. Everyone wins with open protocols.

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RE: well good to hear
by tylerdurden on Sat 15th Dec 2012 01:03 in reply to "well good to hear"
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As long as they don't "embrace and extend" said protocols with proprietary capabilities, like other companies have been known to do.

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RE[2]: well good to hear
by sukru on Sat 15th Dec 2012 01:08 in reply to "RE: well good to hear"
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Like their IMAP implementation, which broke a lot of Windows Phones last week...

They maintain a custom IMAP protocol, which they use to access special functions, for example: contacts synchronization. There is discussion of the whole thing at wpcentral:

Edited 2012-12-15 01:09 UTC

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