Rumor: Microsoft to support CardDAV-CalDAV protocols

In December, Google announced as part of its "winter cleaning" efforts that it would no longer support adding new devices for the Exchange Active Sync protocol for accessing Gmail, Calendar and Contacts after January 30th. That means that new Windows Phone 8 devices, along with PCs that use the Windows 8 Modern UI, would no longer be able to sync up their Gmail calendar and contacts, although access to Gmail itself would still be possible with the IMAP protocol.

Now The Verge is reporting, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is making plans for Windows Phone 8 devices to support CardDAV and CalDAV protocols. which are supported by Google. Furthermore, those plans have apparently been underway for some time because Google reportedly informed Microsoft of their decision to drop EAS support earlier in 2012. This would seem to go against a previous statement from Microsoft which claimed they were "very surprised" at Google's move to dump EAS.

Meanwhile, the January 30th deadline is approaching quickly. The new report claims that Microsoft has asked Google for an extension to the EAS date so they can get the CardDAV and CalDAV protocols ready. However, Google has apparently not responded to Microsoft's pleas for said extension.

Source: The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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Runor: Microsoft to support CardDAV-CalDAV protocols

What's with all these unsubstantiated 'runors' lately?

Edit: Aww. He fixed it.

farmeunit said,
Probably the same issue as people posting about problems in the comments instead of "Reporting a problem with the article"

That's the first thing I did, actually. But I know most don't.

I got one of my old emails to be handled by outlook.com (using it as a "pop" client for an old email address I still use).

Google is likely to get a lot of people doing the same. But what is worse is f* Microsoft updating WP8 an not WP7.x.

More and more I feel my next phone might be an Android. But then Google pulls up some BS like that and I wonder if i shouldn't get a BlackBerry instead. lol

pmdci said,
But what is worse is f* Microsoft updating WP8 an not WP7.x.
More and more I feel my next phone might be an Android

If you don't like MS's updates, then why o why would you even joke about switching to Android?? Android has the worst update system since... ever. 4.2 is out for quite a while now, and most phones aren't even on 4.0 yet... Most phones marketed before 4.0 appeared on first phones never even got any updates (that is, only the few flagships, like GS2, got updated to ICS)...

As far as non major updates go (security, fixes...), google takes forever to release them, and even after it is questionable if they will ever reach the phones...
The trend continues, and most likely won't change...

So I just don't understand anyone complaining about MS, and mentioning Android in the same sentence...

nenki31 said,

If you don't like MS's updates, then why o why would you even joke about switching to Android?? Android has the worst update system since... ever. 4.2 is out for quite a while now, and most phones aren't even on 4.0 yet... Most phones marketed before 4.0 appeared on first phones never even got any updates (that is, only the few flagships, like GS2, got updated to ICS)...

As far as non major updates go (security, fixes...), google takes forever to release them, and even after it is questionable if they will ever reach the phones...
The trend continues, and most likely won't change...

So I just don't understand anyone complaining about MS, and mentioning Android in the same sentence...


To make things worse, here in Holland i still see Android phones being sold with 2.1 or 2.2.... STILL BEING SOLD AT THIS DAY.
No chance of running 4.x on it offcourse (not officially)

Nenki31,

The impression I have from the people I know that has android phones is that, if it comes to worst and there are no longer updates for your Android Phone, you can always go rogue an get a MOD rom, like Cyanogenmod.

I don't care if the update is official or not. What I want is a return of my investment and in fairness I don't feel I got it with WP7. This is, of course, a subjective evaluation based on my expectations. WP to me was a lesson. I will no longer be an early adopter of Microsoft products. It simply ain't worth it.

pmdci said,
...

I see your point. I was thinking about buying a WP7 phone, but decided against, because I couldn't find a suitable phone back then... So my experience with it is limited.
I do however think that WP8 is really worth it (best OS atm imo), so I'm looking to get a Lumia as soon as I can...

Anyway, as far as Android, even CM's ICS update for my phone was still in the works, months after the phone came out / ICS was released. Eventually it was released, but at that point I didn't need it anymore (changed phone)...

The people at CyanogenMod (and others) do a great job, I respect that. Just saying that even counting that, it's still not a great update experience... Ofc, you still can't get any minor updates...

And ye, as Shadowzz, sad, in my little part of the World, phones are mostly still sold with 2.1-2.3, with no official updates (and really, not many choose to root their phone around here)... The only of my friends who have ICS are those with S2/S3, and few Sony phones (one of them even on 4.1).

(to be clear, I'm not rooting for any OS/manufacturer, just bashing Android, based on personal experience, software/hardware knowledge, and so on )

nenki31 said,
...

Thanks for sharing your views on the Android. I am also not looking to cheer for any OS/manufacturer in particular (except that I am not into Apple - I leave that to my wife).

I can only conclude that I am far from finding the 'perfect' phone platform for me. I it could have been WP if it wasn't for Microsoft's constant marketing mistakes (by marketing, I mean beyond promotion and publicity) aside of course for the issue at hand here which is Google's - but one could also argue that besides EAS, Microsoft should have supported standard protocols as well.

I am simply wary of moving into WP8 because I still have no faith in Microsoft's leadership to push this great platform forward.

Hm... Seems a bit underhanded on Google's part... Knowing their "exceptional" support though this will break Android devices too...

google dont use Exchange ActiveSync protocol in android devices they already use CardDav so saying it will break android is pointless.

still1 said,
google dont use Exchange ActiveSync protocol in android devices they already use CardDav so saying it will break android is pointless.

Android uses EAS for connecting to Exchange servers (not being removed/unsupported), but open standard protocols for connecting to Google services.

sometimes all this feel like the VHS 'wars' all over again.
It's not the best technology for the job that gets the price, but the one made most popular by porn... errr.... Google.....

And taking this opportunity to yet again bridge the functionality between WP8 and WP7, which is far from being dependent on hardware constrains.

damn, I just purchased a CompanionLink license, ah well im still quite happy with my purchase, on a sidenote I hate google for dropping calendar sync support, I really see no basis for doing such a thing

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