Microsoft expected to deliver Windows Phone CalDAV and CardDAV support by June 30

In December, Google announced that it would be scrapping support Microsoft's Exchange Active Sync in favor of CalDAV and CardDAV. While the news apparently caught Microsoft off guard, they quickly made peace with Google to extend the EAS support until the end of July so they could support the standards for their users.

While Microsoft has not officially announced when CalDAV and CardDAV support will be added to Windows Phone, a Microsoft product manager confirmed to that support will be added by the end of the first half of 2013.

This should not be a major surprise, as it beats the Google stated timeline for support for EAS and Microsoft will be holding Windows Phone developer conferences in June. While we do not know exactly when the update will arrive to support these features and if the June developer conference has anything in common, an update could be announced at the event along with other new features that could be released in time to meet Google’s deadline.

The Windows Phone team is now supposedly operating on a “shut up and ship” tagline, which means it’s likely the end of announcing a new OS and then shipping the product four months later. Knowing that Microsoft likes to push large updates in the fall, this gives us two options.

The first is that Microsoft will hold its developer conference in June without much flair. Simply offering new tools for the existing platform and possibly seeding a new SDK to take advantage of new features but not announce them at the event. In addition, they would announce a small update (with CalDAV and CardDAV support) and possibly a few other small features to appease those in attendance.

Or, Microsoft could move up its timeline for Windows Phone release and announce everything for the new OS in June and ship it by the end of July timeline to make sure that users don’t experience any issues with the EAS/CalDAV and CardDAV changeover.

While this is all conjectured speculation, Microsoft’s new motto of shut up and ship certainly tosses a wrench into how the company has announced its Windows Phone updates over the past two years.

Microsoft stated that they had nothing to share at this time regarding the above information.


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Hooray for mail going back one generation \o/ and thank you Google.
This glorified IMAP should be burned into a crisp. propriety or not, the best tech should be used. And not go with one just because its free.
Once to often companies or people go with products or techs just because its free.
Keep getting this into my mind from a bunch of cheapskates

This is why we have so many people touting the merits of Linux and OpenOffice/LibreOffice/etc. They're free, but that doesn't matter. 99% of the _mainstream_ computing world uses Windows and OSX with Microsoft Office. And, unfortunately, OpenOffice and its equivalents just can't properly handle a simple Word document, Excel spreadsheet, and PowerPoint presentation. Every single experience I've ever had trying to open one of these types of documents in a free Office-equivalent program on Linux (and even on Windows) have had some sort of major formatting error. Not to mention that they just ran too damn slowly. Free doesn't always work. IMAP and Cal/CardDAV simply don't work as well as Exchange ActiveSync. It's one of the many reasons why I left Gmail and went back to Hotmail. It just works better for me. IMAP never synced properly (I somehow always ended up with duplicate messages, missing messages, and messages arriving hours later), my calendars were always screwed up (missing appointments, duplicate appointments, and so on), and contacts never properly updated.

I expect to see GDR2 out in April with CalDAV and CardDAV support. That or they'll have it in GDR3 which will land in June. If they are holding conferences in June then it could be to release a updated SDK with new WINRT APIs that match with new ones in Windows blue so that WP apps can run on Windows. They could stay quiet about features which we'll see in another holiday release.

syncing email is not the problem, imap just works, It will be used after the changes google requires are implemented. Calendars and contacts are the issue here.
Calendars did already suck before exchange protocols were blocked.
You can only sync your primary calendar, I have three so I hope the future situation is an improvement.
Google sync support is what I think is most lacking in windows 8 for me.