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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3G, LTE and WiFI are developer in an open way. They are not called open because you can get documentation.

Just like you can't call Android development an open process, you can't call EAS protocol an open standard.

Microsoft would need to let other people make contributions/comments in the development process of EAS.

Really, the only thing that would relate to patents in this case is if Microsoft had them undisclosed. Not all standards require a FRAND commitment(SD Association's exFAT is an example), but development has to be open to external contribution. That is what open stands for in open standards.

You raise good points. Do you agree/disagree on royalties disqualifying a standard from being "open"?

If EAS were developed in the open, with community participation, but still had essential patents disclosed (and licensed reasonably*), would you consider it open?

* reasonable licensing doesn't necessarily imply FRAND, though it helps, obviously.

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shmerl Member since:

Yes, royalties disqualify technology from being open, especially if we are talking in the context of the Web. Open means also free to use including in open source / community implementations which can't pay any royalties.

Edited 2013-01-22 08:57 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:

FRAND obligations and reasonable licensing with Microsoft giving up exclusive control over the protocol would not necessarily imply that the standard is open or closed.

Currently EAS is much more accessible than any GSM standard. Microsoft is giving out licenses easily and they are not expensive.

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