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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RE: Switching
by Soulbender on Tue 18th Dec 2012 02:35 UTC in reply to "Switching"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Is this so much worse then Google making proprietary modifications to open standards (i.e. IMAP) and profiting from the work of others?


What proprietary extensions? They're all documented
https://developers.google.com/google-apps/gmail/imap_extensions

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RE[2]: Switching
by chithanh on Tue 18th Dec 2012 06:02 in reply to "RE: Switching"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

They may be documented, but that still makes them non-standard proprietary extensions that Google can change on a whim.

That said, IMAP IDLE is a supported open standard that allows push, so no excuse for Microsoft shunning it.

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RE[3]: Switching
by Soulbender on Tue 18th Dec 2012 06:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Switching"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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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