Google backs off on pulling Google Sync for Windows Phone

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted January 30, 2013 12 comments

According to a post on The Verge, Google Sync, which Google announced last month would be no longer available for new Windows Phones beginning January 30th (today), is backing off on that pronouncement and has extended EAS (Exchange Active Sync) support in Google Sync until July 31st:

In a statement issued to us (The Verge), a spokesperson says the company will “start rolling out this change as planned across all platforms but will continue to support Google Sync for Windows Phone until July 31, 2013.”

Microsoft expresses “surprise” at the Google announcement to end support for EAS in an Outlook Blog post on December 17th, shortly Google announced they were pulling the plug, but Microsoft is working on supporting CardDAV and CalDAV, Google’s now preferred method of syncing contacts and calendars. As The Verge notes, Microsoft had requested an extension on the decision to end Google Sync support:

The change of heart follows Microsoft’s requests for Google to extend its Exchange ActiveSync support for six months. It appears that Google has honored Microsoft’s requests, allowing Windows Phone users to continue using Google Sync until July 31st. According to our own sources, Microsoft is preparing an update for Windows Phone to support CardDav and CalDAV protocols.

It’s still unclear what the decision will mean for Windows 8 users, or what this whole mess has done to the by now long overdue Outlook.com Calendar update, which hasn’t been revised since Microsoft introduced Outlook.com as a successor to Hotmail last July.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 11:15 am
  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    Microsoft has already revealed what will happen to Windows 8/RT users:
    http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/01/30/syncing-google-services-with-windows-8-and-windows-rt.aspx

    Instead of doing the smart thing, and adding DAV support to the communication metro-style apps, they’re requiring that you connect Google to your Microsoft account to sync contacts… and you can’t sync your Google Calendar. At all. Since they’re adding DAV support to Windows Phone, why not Windows 8?

    Of course, they’re recommending switching to Outlook.com. But with the web Calendar still terrible (horribly outdated UI and no search!), many Gmail users don’t want to switch, especially if they’re integrated into the Google eco-system a lot (Google+ and Google Drive users probably aren’t best with Outlook.com). They shouldn’t have to switch to get a good Windows 8 experience, but since Microsoft isn’t adding DAV support like they really should, Google users have a pretty poor experience with Windows 8.

    • d_g_5

      They will add the DAV support… but it’s my understanding that DAV still does not support ActiveSync-style push mail. So, they only way to get the same experience of Gmail on WP8 as there is today is to wait for an official Gmail app, which Google said is not in their plans. Moreover, users would still lose the benefit of a unified inbox

    • wadedorrell

      I suspect they’ll add the CardDAV support to the Windows cloud (delegate access to your Microsoft account) and so it will work on all Windows. I also suspect supporting delegated access to calendars is what the holdup is on Outlook.com calendar user interface.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Microsoft has already revealed what will happen to Windows 8/RT users:
    http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/01/30/syncing-google-services-with-windows-8-and-windows-rt.aspx

    Instead of doing the smart thing, and adding DAV support to the communication metro-style apps, they’re requiring that you connect Google to your Microsoft account to sync contacts… and you can’t sync your Google Calendar. At all. Since they’re adding DAV support to Windows Phone, why not Windows 8?

    Of course, they’re recommending switching to Outlook.com. But with the web Calendar still terrible (horribly outdated UI and no search!), many Gmail users don’t want to switch, especially if they’re integrated into the Google eco-system a lot (Google+ and Google Drive users probably aren’t best with Outlook.com). They shouldn’t have to switch to get a good Windows 8 experience, but since Microsoft isn’t adding DAV support like they really should, Google users have a pretty poor experience with Windows 8.

    • d_g_5

      They will add the DAV support… but it’s my understanding that DAV still does not support ActiveSync-style push mail. So, they only way to get the same experience of Gmail on WP8 as there is today is to wait for an official Gmail app, which Google said is not in their plans. Moreover, users would still lose the benefit of a unified inbox

    • wadedorrell

      I suspect they’ll add the CardDAV support to the Windows cloud (delegate access to your Microsoft account) and so it will work on all Windows. I also suspect supporting delegated access to calendars is what the holdup is on Outlook.com calendar user interface.

  • chinch987

    Less evil.

  • chinch987

    Less evil.

  • Breakingillusions

    still won’t use it

    outlook ftw

  • Breakingillusions

    still won’t use it

    outlook ftw

  • molly

    July 31st is too far ahead,in the meantime I hope Microsoft ( http://www.clickaphone.co.uk/news/2449/vodafone-uk-to-releases-five-window-phone-8-handsets-on-feb-6/ ) to do
    take some good move on its own end…
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  • molly

    July 31st is too far ahead,in the meantime I hope Microsoft ( http://www.clickaphone.co.uk/news/2449/vodafone-uk-to-releases-five-window-phone-8-handsets-on-feb-6/ ) to do
    take some good move on its own end…
    Thanks 4 Sharing