Google offers a reprive; Exchange ActiveSync support for Windows Phone to end July 31st

In December, Google stated that after January 30th, it would no longer support adding new devices for the Exchange Active Sync protocol for accessing Gmail, Calendar and Contacts. The decision meant that users of Windows Phone smartphones and Windows 8 PCs would not be able to access Gmail with new devices. A few days later, Microsoft said they were"very surprised" at Google's decision.

Today, there's word that Google has now backed down and extended EAS support for Windows Phone. In a blog post, Microsoft announced, "We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013."

The blog post also confirmed that Microsoft is working to add support for the CalDAV and CardDAV protocols for a future version of Windows Phone. The blog stated, "These new protocols, combined with our existing support for the IMAP protocol for email, will enable Windows Phone users to continue to connect to Google services after July 31, 2013. "

There were quite a few protests from Windows Phone owners over Google's original decision to ditch EAS after today and it looks like Google and Microsoft were able to work out a compromise that will ensure a smooth transition to the new CalDAV and CardDAV protocols.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Google

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Until they come with a better alternative than IMAP, I'm still planning on moving away from gmail whenever I get around to it.

Simon said,
What, exactly, is wrong with IMAP?

Well, in Outlook 2013, I cannot delete email from the server within my client. Every now and then, I have to login to my web account to delete my mail. Never had this issue with POP.

Seems like issues with Microsoft's implementation of IMAP, not with IMAP itself. I get e-mail immediately using Apple Mail or Sparrow with GMail, and all my starred and inbox messages are downloaded. Heck, my archived ones might be, but I've never checked them while offline.

primexx said,
two biggest ones: no push, doesn't download content so you have to be online to read messages.

IMAP (and Google's IMAP) supports push, it's called IMAP IDLE. Microsoft just doesn't support it in Outlook etc but it works fine. Also, that "download content" thing is usually something you can configure.

Windows Phone doesn't support IMAP IDLE for the same reason iOS and Android doesn't: it's battery intensive on mobile devices.

Simon is correct that Apple Mail for Mac OS X does support IMAP IDALE.

Simon said,
Seems like issues with Microsoft's implementation of IMAP, not with IMAP itself. I get e-mail immediately using Apple Mail or Sparrow with GMail, and all my starred and inbox messages are downloaded. Heck, my archived ones might be, but I've never checked them while offline.

Google's implementation of IMAP has been known in the past to be noncompliant with the standard.

So the choice is between Google's modified version of IMAP, which is still pretty open and well documented, or Exchange, which is closed and completely under the control of Microsoft. I know which I would choose.

Simon said,
So the choice is between Google's modified version of IMAP, which is still pretty open and well documented, or Exchange, which is closed and completely under the control of Microsoft. I know which I would choose.

IMAP IDLE, as has been pointed out, sucks.

The choice between open and functional isn't a difficult one. I want something that actually works.

Dashel said,
There are WP users that use GMail?

Yes. I've had my gmail account since it launched when it was far better than anything else availble. I don't want to change it over, it's a hassle.

Dashel said,
There are WP users that use GMail?

I had to open one when I was working for a company that used Google calendar. After leaving that company I kept it because there were a few people that would send me mail occasionally. After Google announced they were dropping ActiveSync, and with all the other crap that they have been doing lately such as maps on WP, pushing everything into G+ when I don't want it, I closed that account.

mrp04 said,
Yes. I've had my gmail account since it launched when it was far better than anything else availble. I don't want to change it over, it's a hassle.

Know what you mean. I too was on GMail since beta, and couldn't bother with migration... Eventually, I just configured forwarding to my live account (outlook wasn't out yet back then), and added my gmail as a sender in live... so I had all nicely available in "hotmail", and pretty much didn't need to use gmail at all anymore...
By now, I've fully upgraded to outlook, and ditched gmail completely, painless...

This could give us a strong indication that another update to WP is coming before the end of July. I now wonder if it will be minor or part of a bigger update.

no... this means that a new huge Google device will be out by the end of June.. In their eyes the solution to this problem is everyone switching to android..

im guessing the galaxy S IV or the Nexus will be out by then..