Google decides to let anyone use CalDAV API after all

In March, Google announced that as part of its periodic "spring cleaning" decisions, it would stop offering its CalDAV calendar data API to the general development community on September 18th. Today, Google announced a change of heart on that subject.

In a blog post, Google stated:

Since that announcement, we received many requests for access to CalDAV, giving us a better understanding of developers’ use cases and causing us to revisit that decision. In response to those requests, we are keeping the CalDAV API public.

Google also announced today that it will also open up another related API to developers: CardDAV, which allows access to contact information. Both CalDAV and CardDAV's APIs will also be integrated with Google APIs Console for the first time, along with new support for OAuth 2.0 authentication.

You may remember that Microsoft is currently working to support both CalDAV and CardDAV protocols for a future version of Windows Phone that would allow those devices to connect directly to Google's Gmail accounts. Google was scheduled to cut off its Exchange Active Sync protocol support to Windows Phone devices at the end of January 2013. However, at the last minute, Google extended that deadline to July 31st so that Microsoft could adapt Windows Phone for the CalDAV and CardDAV.

Nokia's upcoming Lumia 925 smartphone will have both CalDAV and CardDAV support when it launches later this month as part of its version of Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft will add CalDAV and CardDAV protocols as part of an overall Windows Phone software update later this summer.

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Since that announcement, we received many requests

How many, when comparing to the requests for keeping Google Reader alive?

I hear someone mentioned feedly, no, it is not accessible on the browser/ phone I use unless feedly decided to support it. Until this issue is fixed, I'm not going to switch to feedly.

I guess they can't control ads when data is being called though an API.
Wish I could move to Outlook.com however certain lacking features prevent me from doing so

Ensuring more connectivity is key. I for one couldnt care if they back track decisions its all part of business!!!

CardDAV, CalDAV, all these things would mean more ways to "directly" connect to a mailbox, which is good for CONSUMER. CHOICE!

So Google changes their mind, does something good, and now they are dirt bags. Sure hope you dont use any MS products they have had issues as well.

techbeck said,
So Google changes their mind, does something good, and now they are dirt bags. Sure hope you dont use any MS products they have had issues as well.

They were before and always will be dirt bags.

gullygod said,

They were before and always will be dirt bags.

Well, its obvious I cannot have an intelligent convo with you....so take care.

Shadowzz said,
Says the one assuming things and bringing in other companies that have nothing to do with his comment.

Had everything to do with his comment. I was proving a point that all the big companies act like dirt bags at some point. Google is no different from MS and MS at one point had to be put in their place/knocked down a peg like Google.

Not hard to understand.