Microsoft to support IMAP for using Gmail via Windows Phone

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

Now The Verge reports that, according to a statement from Microsoft, Windows Phone owners will still be able to sync up to their Gmail account via the IMAP protocol, which was one of the three that Google said it would support in place of EAS. The statement added:

Like many, we are surprised and disappointed that Google wants to make it more difficult for customers to connect their accounts to their devices. If you want better email, especially for your phone or tablet, now is a perfect time to join the millions who have already made the choice to upgrade to Outlook.com.

There's still no word on if Google's other two supported protocols, CalDAV and CardDAV, will also be supported by Microsoft. The clock is currently ticking for EAS support in Gmail to end so we would suggest if you use Gmail with your Windows Phone or Windows 8 product you go ahead and get those devices set up right now before the deadline is reached.

Source: The Verge | Image via Google

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Brony said,
I don't find the problem, Google simply said "i won't support a proprietary software that only runs in a proprietary software." However Gmail still support webmail, imap and pop3.

The gmail app uses a closed proprietary protocol.

IMAP is open. Just use that.

Except that IMAP sucks, hard.

well i don't use gmail so Fk google windows users made them popular and windows users should destroy their popularity

any day Mr.Ican'tLiveWithoutMySpyoogle
you can't take actions because you are too scroogle fanatic to relies without windows google wouldn't be google

subcld said,
\Mr.Ican'tLiveWithoutMySpyoogle\

I hope you realize that Microsoft is in the Ad business as well. If you're concerned about being spied on I wouldn't use Microsoft's online services either.

subcld said,
any day Mr.Ican'tLiveWithoutMySpyoogle
you can't take actions because you are too scroogle fanatic to relies without windows google wouldn't be google

Please explain how Windows made Google popular. Google would of done great without Windows and doesnt need Windows to function. You are obviously VERY biased by your comments.

And it is cute you are using the scroogle phrase. Trying to sound cool for MS? Oh, and XMAS is over so thankfully this scroogle crap will stop. Just more trash talk campaigning instead of telling us more about the product and what it can do.

contriver87 said,

I hope you realize that Microsoft is in the Ad business as well. If you're concerned about being spied on I wouldn't use Microsoft's online services either.

Yup, and anyone thinking that a company cannot and will not look at your data at some time, is delusional. Google is being called out lately on the SAME crap every other big company has.

subcld said,
any day Mr.Ican'tLiveWithoutMySpyoogle
you can't take actions because you are too scroogle fanatic to relies without windows google wouldn't be google

Thanks for proving who the real fanatic is here. You have no idea what you are talking about. Windows users had nothing to do with it. It just so happens the Windows OS is popular. Why didn't Windows users "make" MSN Search Popular? How about Live Search? How about Bing? Last I checked Google is very popular. Take your head out of your dark place and quit being delusional.

And like others have said, Microsoft is in the Ad business as well. You need to realize that all companies do what's best for them. They can care less about cheerleaders like yourself because, like you have proven, they can do no wrong in your tiny little bubble world. They can bring out garbage and you will like it. Don't fight for one company. They should be fighting over you.

I'm glad I can enjoy my iPad, my Xbox, my Windows 7 Desktop OS, and my Nexus phone. I have no devotion to any company.

I wish that they had just limited the support to new Gmail accounts instead of new devices. This means that when I upgrade my phone or get a new tablet I'll have to use IMAP. Crap. I've been so committed to my Gmail email address but I may someday switch over this.

I hope that something better than IMAP comes along that everyone will support.

I love using EAS across all my devices. I currently use 1 gmail account to sync my primary contacts and calender across all my mobile devices using EAS. I leverage both Mac and Windows machines and this is why I loved google; I could use EAS AND IMAP where I needed it. The nanosecond Microsoft adds IMAP support I will be ditching google.

I don't see how Microsoft adding IMAP support is bad? if anything Google forced them to do something i've wanted for ages. That would mean i can set my Outlook account up on my Macbook Air's default Mail app instead of having to use some software that emulates an IMAP server and talks to Hotmail.

The Hotmail / Outlook connector for Outlook 2010 is not that great either, yes it works, however doesn't sync changes instantly like IMAP would... i would sooner use IMAP on a desktop pc to be honest.

Of course its not the most ideal solution for mobile devices.

So many blind people here biased about Google stopping Active Sync support but how many know that Google had to pay license fees for that?
There's free alternative and MS should be using it but they are trying to force ActiveSync to collect their toll, so Google is now trying to force the opposite, and it looks like a Google success.

It's not about IMAP support you should be worried or be happy in Windows Phones but DAV support.

There's actually another good article, other than the one linked here, on the Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1...exchange-activesync-debacle


Microsoft was recently attacking Google and now they're crying? Please, when you play with fire - you can burn.

Google is still paying for EAS license and it's not per user but a flat fee. So yeah, it's not saving any money for Google but just unnecessary hassle for Gmail users.

It's not about Google having to pay MS of EAS, it's Google who is knowingly shutting out a complete mobile OS and their customers for using a better method of using mail, contacts and calenders than IMAP and DAV.

Yes, the IMAP and DAV's may be open source, but multiple sources already confirmed Google made it into their own closed system. That is as proprietary as Exchange.

Wait until Google shuts down the Apple Gmail apps. Will it be less 'evil' than, or will you still shrug your shoulders and say 'when you play with fire...'

jeez....

The_Decryptor said,
IMAP is not proprietary, anybody can implement an IMAP client and have it work with the Gmail server without paying any fees to Google.

I don't really consider whatever IMAP does 'work'ing, but ok....

I've never had a problem with GMAIL on any of my devices. I have one email account, on Gmail. I access it using IMAP on my desktop and laptop computers (using Thunderbird w/Lightning for Google Calender sync), my Android phone, and my Android tablet. All emails/folders/labels are sync'ed instantly, contacts sync'ed instantly, calendar sync'ed instantly, task list sync'ed instantly. Have never used EAS and never had a need for it.

I for one have given up on Gmail, especially now that they peak inside my zip files, since Outlook.com isn't half bad

I have given up on Google completely.

It's slowly taking over all nooks and crannies of the web, riddling it with advertising and Android.
Betting on one horse is never a good thing, so I cut the cord and started looking around for something else. So far I don't miss the Google services at all.

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