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#1 Tom

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 13:18

http://www.1800pocke...1800PocketPC%29

Looks like the heat is being felt by the folks at google. Why else would they fire a direct salvo at Microsoft and declare war by announcing that they will stop Exchange ActiveSync Support (EAS) for non-business users?

Since the introduction of EAS by Microsoft in 2002, EAS has been the defacto communication protocol to sync emails, calendar and contacts. Its is also the only way to have a decent gmail experience on Windows Phone 8 devices. Google actually referred to this move as “Winter Cleaning” which can only be seen as a direct attack on Microsoft.
Microsoft has responded to this decision claiming that they were “very surprised” and that it was a “degrade” for users. They also say that if users REALLY want to do some Winter Cleaning, they should immediately switch to Outlook.com. As of now, when google stops EAS support, WP8 users will have a tough time – since the platform only supports POP.


What a d*** move.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 13:21

You're pretty late to post this.

And seeing how much they "clean out", I don't really think it's an attack at Microsoft.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 13:28

Welcome to a week ago :p

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:27

Surely Windows Phone supports IMAP.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:33

Windows phone 8 does support imap. I have my email on my Lumia 920 using it right now

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:35

Well, I'd hope the majority of WP users have an outlook.com account (in addition to a Gmail account). You could setup mail forward to your outlook.com email, and view emails that way, and such (although not ideal at all). It seems Google wants nothing to do with WP...

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:36

Any other Front Page News from last week that you'd like to share with us?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:37

You miss another news that google has changed youtube backend to break all third party WP7/8 youtube apps.
Google feels more threaten from WP8 than iPhone, because it is likely that android users will move to WP8 than iPhone users.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:43

Well, I'd hope the majority of WP users have an outlook.com account (in addition to a Gmail account). You could setup mail forward to your outlook.com email, and view emails that way, and such (although not ideal at all). It seems Google wants nothing to do with WP...


Why would a Windows Phone user need an Outlook.com account? I never had one when I used my Windows Phone device and I don't have a GMail either for when I'm using my SIII. This isn't the 90s where everyone ran around using their ISP supplied email address. I don't see the need to tie my email to the company I'm picking for my phone OS...

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:10

Any other Front Page News from last week that you'd like to share with us?


Haters gonna hate

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:19

Why would a Windows Phone user need an Outlook.com account? I never had one when I used my Windows Phone device and I don't have a GMail either for when I'm using my SIII. This isn't the 90s where everyone ran around using their ISP supplied email address. I don't see the need to tie my email to the company I'm picking for my phone OS...

Uh...he said he hoped and is kind of right because WP is pretty much useless without a Microsoft account. I can't think of any valid reason why would someone not have one if they get a WP.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 19:02

The guy wants to discuss it not break news.
I agree this is by no means attack, just don't want to pay fees to Microsoft that's all. At least they had the dignity to not make a silly statement like: IMAP is better or something like that

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 20:43

Uh...he said he hoped and is kind of right because WP is pretty much useless without a Microsoft account. I can't think of any valid reason why would someone not have one if they get a WP.


MS Account != Outlook.com email account

I have a MS account, but I don't have an Outlook.com account.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 21:46

MS Account != Outlook.com email account

I have a MS account, but I don't have an Outlook.com account.

I kind of knew you would say this but I think OP's intention was pretty clear. If you open a new MS account it is more than likely that you will end up with hotmail/outlook account. To raise the ever so popular "normal people" argument - "normal people" will have it and may be tiny % of hyper-power-users :p like you won't.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 21:55

since the platform only supports POP


WP doesn't support imap ? :s