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BY EVAN THOMAS
Anchor Logan Tittle


Google’s latest round of service pruning could have big implications for the business-minded smartphone user.

Google will be axing support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on January 30, 2013. Google Apps customers and existing devices won’t see any change, but any device set up after that January deadline won’t be able to use ActiveSync.

Exchange Active Sync provides push mail — that’s instantaneous delivery of messages as they’re sent — and synchronizes contacts and calendars for mobile devices. The two big platforms that benefit are iOS and Android.

A writer for The Next Web explains — Android has support built in, and iOS has an app that provides all the benefits of ActiveSync. But Windows Phone is high and dry.

“Google is essentially saying that if you want buy a Windows Phone 8 device, don’t expect to use its consumer services.”

Google’s product manager Clay Bavor explained to V3 earlier this week — Google’s dropping Windows Phone because it’s just not popular enough right now.

"We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

And ZDNet reports the change reaches beyond just the mobile ecosystem. Microsoft Office 2013 — and its popular Outlook email manager — doesn’t play nicely with Gmail, either.

The only sync option you get for Gmail accounts in Outlook 2013 is IMAP — where your inbox will only check for new messages at scheduled intervals.

Microsoft has yet to comment on Google’s announcement. It’s not known what the company will do to support Gmail starting next month.
 

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Dec 16, 2012

Google to Drop ActiveSync Support For Windows Devices

(Image Source: TechAloud)

BY EVAN THOMAS
Anchor Logan Tittle


Google’s latest round of service pruning could have big implications for the business-minded smartphone user.

Google will be axing support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on January 30, 2013. Google Apps customers and existing devices won’t see any change, but any device set up after that January deadline won’t be able to use ActiveSync.

Exchange Active Sync provides push mail — that’s instantaneous delivery of messages as they’re sent — and synchronizes contacts and calendars for mobile devices. The two big platforms that benefit are iOS and Android.

A writer for The Next Web explains — Android has support built in, and iOS has an app that provides all the benefits of ActiveSync. But Windows Phone is high and dry.

“Google is essentially saying that if you want buy a Windows Phone 8 device, don’t expect to use its consumer services.”

Google’s product manager Clay Bavor explained to V3 earlier this week — Google’s dropping Windows Phone because it’s just not popular enough right now.

"We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

And ZDNet reports the change reaches beyond just the mobile ecosystem. Microsoft Office 2013 — and its popular Outlook email manager — doesn’t play nicely with Gmail, either.

The only sync option you get for Gmail accounts in Outlook 2013 is IMAP — where your inbox will only check for new messages at scheduled intervals.

Microsoft has yet to comment on Google’s announcement. It’s not known what the company will do to support Gmail starting next month.
 

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