Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Jan 2013 21:17 UTC
Windows The Verge has a learned a few interesting things about Google deprecating EAS and how this will affect Windows Phone users. As it turns out, Google informed Microsoft it was planning to remove EAS in the summer of last year, but without giving a firm date. Microsoft has been trying to get a six-month extension from Google, but so far with no luck. In the meantime, Microsoft is also working on adding CardDAV and CalDAV support to Windows Phone - so yay open standards.
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they gave notice, thats nice
by Adurbe on Mon 21st Jan 2013 21:31 UTC
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So after all that... Google are still removing something that users rely on and a software company missed a deadline.

Still not a fan of Google's actions with relation to Windows phones, even With notice they are not making it easy for us users!

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Blame Microsoft. They could have opened EAS up, or supported the open DAV standards from day one, like Apple did. Apparently, they knew since last summer, and still no patch? Pathetic.

They brought this unto themselves - and I use Gmail on my 8X.

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Nelson Member since:

EAS is open and documented.

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RE: they gave notice, thats nice
by Nelson on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 00:37 in reply to "they gave notice, thats nice"
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Depending on when in the product cycle Google notified them, they could've had too little time to do it without severely impacting QA.

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darknexus Member since:

Microsoft did it to themselves. Implementing support for *DAV should have been a no brainer from the start, and not simply because of Google. These are open, royalty-free standards that are used by a multitude of servers both corporate and otherwise. Of course, that's probably why they didn't do it. They probably assumed they could throw their weight around if they held off, since most major services also supported EAS. What Microsoft has so far failed to learn, even though it's been plain as day from the get go, is that this is not a market they can bully by refusing to implement an open standard. They have no weight to throw around in the mobile space, and they've just lost the first battle. I've nothing against Microsoft products, but they need to change tactics mighty quick if they don't want Windows Phone to become irrelevant within the next two years. Here's to hoping that being essentially left with no choice but to implement *DAV wakes them up a bit, as I'd like to see Windows Phone give some healthy competition to the big two.

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RE: they gave notice, thats nice
by jockm on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 06:45 in reply to "they gave notice, thats nice"
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You can still get EAS access, you just need to pay for it. While I am not a fan of Google's move, it isn't like you are completely high and dry. You just have to move to a paid google apps account, $50/year/user

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