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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"Good enough" is actually the whole point.

Google still supports EAS for their paying customers, which makes sense since Microsoft's expects a royalty fee. People who feel EAS is a superior alternative can still use the service if they are willing to pay for it. Which makes this debate really moot.

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Nelson Member since:

No, it basically shifts the cost burden from Google (who can afford it) to the consumer (who usually can't, or would be inconvenienced to do so) .

This was a political move to disenfranchise a large swath of users (not just Windows Phone users, but iPhone users who used EAS to sync with Gmail, and are now forced to use the inferior official Gmail app).

And I'll say it again (because you like to reply to comments and pretend I didn't raise any points) that Good Enough, is not good enough, and there are still questions to be raised about the comparative advantage that EAS (allegedly) holds.

Is it Good Enough because you say it is on OSNews? Or is there a source with objective analysis which shows that the performance, resource usage, and experience differences are negligible?

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tylerdurden Member since:

Google still offers EAS services to those customers who wish to pay for it, they are simply not subsidizing those services for all their non paying customers. Google is looking for their bottom line, just as Microsoft does. I have no clue why Google is under any sort of moral obligation to eat the cost of EAS licensing. If google are being assholes here, so are microsoft for not offering EAS as a free service.

If EAS is such a superior product, then it is great news for Microsoft, since they have the competitive edge. Honestly, you should be cheering not fretting over this.

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