Google is dropping Exchange ActiveSync support for Gmail, hates being friendly

Over the past couple of years or so, Google has used its official blog to announce the shutdown of its number of products, services and features, including an announcement last August. Today, the company used its blog to once again reveal that a number of its products will soon be closed down.

The blog states that starting on January 30 "consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync" although current Google Sync accounts will continue to work. Google Sync was previously set up so people that used Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync could access Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts. Google said, "With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols."

Google also announced that it will shut down several Calendar features, including Appointment Slots, on January 4, although previously set Appointment Slots will continue to work for a year. Google will also shut down Calendar Sync later today.

Google will close its Issue Tracker Data API on June 14. Finally, Google will shut down its Punchd Android iOS and Android app on June 7. The app allowed smartphone owners to keep punched loyalty cards on their smartphones. Google said, "We remained focused on developing products that help merchants and shoppers connect in new and useful ways."

Source: Official Google blog | Image via Google

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I really couldn't give a **** what google removes, Everything google does is half assed and they just sit back and receive tons of cash from you morons for advertising.

MsftGaurav said,
Funny how the MS fanboys whine when Google removes a feature but are totally cool with MS doing the same. They even attack the users who complain about features in Msft's half-baked products.

When were people cool when MS removed features? Many are up in arms regarding dropped features. Have you heard of a MS software called Windows 8?

I'm wanting to know when my iGoogle home page is gonna be taken away
I heard before I thought it was suppose to be sometime in 2013 ?
I mentioned this on facebook and an Aunt of mine told me she heard google was
going to start charging money for that service but she is not a tech nerd or anything lol
I still need to be prepared for when they kill that off and I'm not

glad i don't have gmail account F google
outlook all the way more reasons to stop using gmail if you have windows phone or windows 8 tablet

Seketh said,
Solution: Move from Gmail to the superior Outlook. Problem solved.

Looks like Google are asking people to move away from their services.
I have my calendar synced across phones and computers, but will be moving over to using another service now.

mrbaba said,

Looks like Google are asking people to move away from their services.
I have my calendar synced across phones and computers, but will be moving over to using another service now.

I might just do this also. I used to like Google a lot, but with the number of changes their making, it worries me that the general consumer will be the next to take a hit as they move to rearrange their business models and how everything functions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft seems to be doing all they can as they strive to regain popularity. Many good things have come out of that too.

Soo.....

Does anybody know of a Thunderbird/Lightning addon for a bi-directional link to Hotmail/Live Calender & Contacts?

I'm happy to dump Google as I only really use it on my WP7 for syncing contacts and the calender from within Thunderbird/Lightning.
I never found a proper working solution for this with hotmail/live/outlook.com, but with outlook.com really taking off now, there might be something there.

If drama could power smartphones, you people would never need to find a power outlet. What a bunch of whining ninnies!

fuzi0719 said,
If drama could power smartphones, you people would never need to find a power outlet. What a bunch of whining ninnies!

Well said. I was going to say it, but couldn't have worded so well.

why? people use a service provided by Google. Google stops service.
People get upset, very simple.

When MS would do this, te planet would be a too small a place. With Google we should just 'get over it..."

You're jsut being silly..... or trolling...

Dutchie64 said,
why? people use a service provided by Google. Google stops service.
People get upset, very simple.

When MS would do this, te planet would be a too small a place. With Google we should just 'get over it..."

You're jsut being silly..... or trolling...

They didn't stop a service... get your facts right. They changed protocols. Microsoft can change too. Technology moves forward. Adobe is killing Flash slowly to move to an open protocol, HTML5. Protocols being open and free is good for technology.

They've changed to an inferior protocol.

IMAP is **** compared to EAS for email. It's going to force people onto the gmail app in iOS, instead of using the native client, and it's going to make WP and BB suck for accessing gmail.

and i dont see how that improved html5 adoption.... maybe less site with multimedia content...

Killing flash was bad and doing this its bad too, technology its to use the best sometimes, unless open technology its better dropping standards its just wrong and the only one that will suffer its the consumers in general

I think what we are starting to see here is the major players starting to show their hands. It isn't just about device sales or software sales anyway. These major companies have realised that if they lock you into an ecosystem provided by them then you will continue to buy anything they release as it will fit nicely.

It's amusing because it is something M$ and Apple have done for a while (Apple more so)

But even the once under dogs or the 'supporters' of open source are starting to create ecosystems..

and before anybody replies with IMAP is open etc etc that isn't the point of the move. The point of the move is to remove a protocol from a direct competitors ecosystem from functioning in theres. simple. The less you 'things' work with other people 'things' then the less people will buy from others, providing your 'stuff' continues to server everything the user requires....

I agree 100%. As soon as I read this I removed all Google software from all my computers and phones. They just made me realise I don't need them anymore. Of course I never could trust them anyway, so this is par for the course. And China still isn't a big market, is it?

Sounds silly but I have even stopped using them for search for the most part.

No it isn't, though I'm not really sure about China.. the 'walled garden' approach may not work at all there as the Government would prefer to control the 'walled garden' themselves..

Reminds me of some other company that used open source but added all changes in a closed environment to make some money with it.

Blocking the Exchange access is a wrong move too, remember that Google Business isn't for free, and a lot of companies use it together with their exchange servers, it's those that Google actually screws over, hopefully MS is quick to implement the needed protocols to regain access.

...yet

Once Google have there own product to rival the features (so synce contacts and calendar properly etc etc) then they'll start trying to move the paying organisations away from it.

Google should support EAS, and MS should support CalDav and CardDav which do work well. Both are to blame, but Google will simply lose more in the end. The simple solution is to configure your Outlook.com account to access your Gmail Account for mail, contacts and calendar and sync to you WP device. I did that tonight so I can send and receive from Outlook.com as if I am sending it from my long established @gmail address.

We all know Google is great at throwing ****y fits at Apple over not approving apps or litigating their OEM's rather than taking on Google itself, but NOW that Google is playing the same school yard games, well its time to call it like it is. Hello FTC, DOJ, anybody watching?

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