Updated Windows 8 Mail app removes Google Calendar support entirely

It turns out that the newly updated Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging app for Windows 8 has removed support for Google Calendars entirely, pulling the ability to sync both new and existing calendars due to Google pulling the plug on Exchange ActiveSync support. Upon attempting to use the updated app you'll receive a message similar to the one below, instructing you to reconnect your account.

We can't connect to [address]@gmail.com because Google no longer supports ActiveSync. Reconnect to get your emails and contacts using a different method. Cancel to save your email drafts and reconnect later.

You'll notice that while you can reconnect your account to get back your emails and contacts, there is no way to get Google calendars back in the app at this stage, even if you previously had syncing calendars. Microsoft previously stated that EAS-syncing Google accounts added to Windows 8 before January 30th would have contacts, emails and calendars "continue to sync properly", but this no longer appears to be the case.

It remains to be seen how Microsoft will support Google Calendar in the future through the stock Calendar app in Windows 8 and Windows RT, but for now there appears to be no support to speak of.

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Just removed my Google account altogether from both my phone and PC (forwarding to my live now unless they remove that feature too next week) . This has gotten beyond annoying with this circus they got going on over there at Google...

most people know of this since the end of last year. More than enough time to figure out your next move on this.
but in the end it's the customers that they both try to serve are the victim........

Both Google and MS dropped the ball here. Yea, Google dropped support but MS dropped it as well, sooner than expected, and gave users little time to adapt. Microsoft should of given the users more time.

After the first skirmishes around AES on Google, I moved my contacts and calender to Outlook.com. Now it seems my decision was a correct one.

Some Google stuff is nice to have, but I don't like to use stuff from a company who decides to cancel some service every 6 months. Jeez, even CalDav was officially supported by Google for 6 months before they decided to pull the plug and add their own new Calender API. And laughing at MS at the same time while a now whitelisted MS tries to implement CalDav to keep their users happy.

Google's "do no evil" has silently removed from the company motto years ago, and we're starting to see the true face of Google now.

I'm glad I stopped being a paying contributor to this site. NeoWin you are doing all you can to brainwash people into thinking MS is it and everyone else is in the wrong. This site used to be more neutral, but lately it's like MS took over and continue their bashing through your site.
Well, it's not for me anymore.

Greetings from China. I remember Google. Didn't they used to be somebody?

Everyone should take this as another opportunity to get this miserable and untrustworthy company out of their private lives.

I hate my Google Calendar synced to my Outlook.com Calendar. You just add it in as a CalDAV using the web nterface, and then use your Outlook.com account with Activesync for access (showing your Google events that are synced). I can make a guide is there is interest.

I use Google Apps, so I don't need to change my address.. however:

- have to transfer all my mail
- Outlook still isn't nearly as good as Gmail in terms of user-friendliness
- Live Domains is **** compared to Google Apps

primexx said,
I use Google Apps, so I don't need to change my address.. however:

- have to transfer all my mail
- Outlook still isn't nearly as good as Gmail in terms of user-friendliness
- Live Domains is **** compared to Google Apps

Im an apps user too. I can't update as this will break my my calendar features
I want to switch to Outlook.com but there are still some annoyances that prevent me from doing so.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
.. and have to update the 50,000 websites you use your email address with? No thanks.

Keep the Gmail for the 49,900 spam and porn websites and move the other hundred over to Outlook. Not that hard.

Microsoft needs to figure out a way to add plug-ins to certain apps. In the non-app world, it's easy--drop in a DLL and you're potentially done (if it's already scanning for a certain implementation). In a sandboxed app, I don't believe there exists any mechanism for doing that without making their own one-off system for it (manually downloading and internalizing it into the sandbox all via the app). Granted, being Microsoft, they could make their one-off the example for all other systems and make in-app downloads/purchases for app plugins something that can be done generically for apps that want it; it may already be possible, but I have not looked into the in-app purchasing API, and it may already exist considering that many apps add DLC by downloading it, but I suspect they all do it in a non-standard way.

Then, they can add Google for those people that want it without "spoiling" the codebase/application for those that don't. This is the biggest problem with non-standard, proprietary features in any application, when said feature is not your own brand's. And they can go further with whatever flavor of the month plugin is necessary without forcing an update for all users, or even requiring all users to download it. They could go an extra step and automatically download the plugin for Gmail (I would want it, as would a large percentage of users).

I know. That's why I mentioned the sandboxing.

DLLs could be automatically downloaded by an app, through the MS Store, and they could remain within the sandbox. They remain isolated by living within the sandbox, and everyone gets to avoid DLL hell. Not to mention, there is no DLL hell when it's one-off DLLs. DLL hell existed because there were multiple versions of the same DLL floating around the system; individual apps would need to download the DLL.

Ignoring the whole idea completely destroys the idea of software's general extendability, which means that apps are a lot less interesting.

Major Plonquer said,
So you think it's a good idea to open code up to viruses just to keep Google happy? Phew.
It would be no different than any other DLC, except it would be standardized through the MS Store. No more and no less.

[quote=primexx said,]EAS is a lot better for users[/quote
Don't confuse idiots with facts. It's by M"$" so it is inherently bad.

What a ****. Of course EAS is better. Even if you don't believe it is, how can anyone possibly trust Google not to shaft you like they've done to countless people hundreds of times in the past? There's a pattern here.

You can probably still add it back in, Google extended their Exchange support so you can just manually add your Gmail account as an exchange.

I feel we as the consumer are getting screwed out of these little disputes Microsoft and Google are having. If I wanted to get screwed out of my money, I'd just buy from Apple. At least then I could say I have pretty products.

Sadly yes, the consumers are the ones suffering. But at the same time, it's Google's fault for chopping key services/functionality. I'm sure in the next update Microsoft will give in and support Gmail in another way, but really Google should be showing support for cross-compatibility for once. I wish consumers were smarter and saw Google's true face.

Agreed. As I mentioned earlier, I stopped using Google Chrome simply because of their recent practices. And Microsoft... they sometimes just have me facepalm out of the half-arsed way they approach things at times.

The app is garbage to begin with. I don't know if they updated this anytime soon, but when I used my Google account's calendar with it, it would only show the DEFAULT calendar - not all of them (or color codes)..

Or, they could have said Microsoft takes a clear shot at its own foot again, putting their ego before the convenience of their customers..

recursive said,
Or, they could have said Microsoft takes a clear shot at its own foot again, putting their ego before the convenience of their customers..

... as a direct response to Google putting their ego before the convenience of their customers.

First Google said they were dropping Exchange ActiveSync because it was proprietary, in favor of CalDav... shortly afterward, they announce they are dropping CalDav in favor of the proprietary Google Calendar api. There's something rotten in Mountain View.

The_Decryptor said,
ActiveSync is Google spyware?

Nope, and ActiveSync therefore hasn't been removed from the mail app. In fact ActiveSync continues to work for any on-premises Exchange server or for outlook.com. It just isn't an option for gmail anymore, and the reason for this is quite clearly Google, who indicated they do not want to support ActiveSync anymore.

In my view, Microsoft is doing it's customers a huge favour, they should remove gmail access alltogether, as data security and privacy are not guaranteed with any Google powered service, in that sense it is certainly malware.

recursive said,
http://www.engadget.com/2013/0...ll-coming-to-windows-phone/

Looks like M$ are the ones dropping the ball despite being whitelisted for CalDav.

How did they drop the ball, MS isn't responsible for a decision made by Google, and they can easily choose to not include protocols that for the time being are being "whitelisted" but could be dropped by Google at any time.

To put it simply, Windows 7 for instance didn't even have a native mail application, and the one that is included in Windows 8 supports ActiveSync, which is the defacto standard when it comes to mail and calendaring syncing.

It would not suprise me if the caldav support for WP8 will also be retracted. Google simply cannot be trusted in this.

S3P€hR said,
Just like what they did to Google map on iPhone. Made a crappy version that is inferior to android version. Google plays dirty again

The Android version, with all its current features, took awhile to get the bugs out and performance higher... I think they were a little rushed with the iOS version and I'm sure they'll update it accordingly.

Brillant, Microsoft. Keep removing functionality from Windows without a suitable and equally featured replacement.

The death spiral continues.

It reconnects the Mail and Contacts just not the calendar

and the article says

" It remains to be seen how Microsoft will support Google Calendar in the future through the stock Calendar app"

So Microsoft will probably support it later. My Gmail acct works fine with the mail app.

Wow, you're stupid. Google pulled out, not Microsoft. Why would Microsoft want to keep functionality that doesn't exist on Google's end anymore? Microsoft has always supported Google's crap, and Google has always pushed Microsoft away. Google pulled out, so Microsoft took it out along with it, simple as that.

j2006 said,
Wow, you're stupid. Google pulled out, not Microsoft. Why would Microsoft want to keep functionality that doesn't exist on Google's end anymore? Microsoft has always supported Google's crap, and Google has always pushed Microsoft away. Google pulled out, so Microsoft took it out along with it, simple as that.

Then why does iOS Calendar still sync? Google has stopped anything yet. No reason that MS couldn't wait until the deadline.

farmeunit said,

Then why does iOS Calendar still sync? Google has stopped anything yet. No reason that MS couldn't wait until the deadline.

Don't be so simple. Remember iOS pulled out google maps? every one blamed Apple for it where it was actually Google behind it. I think for some reason google doesn't want MS to take off, other wise a company should be stupid remove some feature from OS at a critical stage like this. one more negative point for google again. Not Cool.

S3P€hR said,

Don't be so simple. Remember iOS pulled out google maps? every one blamed Apple for it where it was actually Google behind it. I think for some reason google doesn't want MS to take off, other wise a company should be stupid remove some feature from OS at a critical stage like this. one more negative point for google again. Not Cool.

WRONG. Apple declined to continue to pay for the licence for Google's maps. Google had nothing to do with it, Apple chose not to as they wanted more functionality that Google don't give to third-party developers.

Get your facts straight.

testman said,
WRONG. Apple declined to continue to pay for the licence for Google's maps. Google had nothing to do with it, Apple chose not to as they wanted more functionality that Google don't give to third-party developers.

Get your facts straight.

Google refused to add in turn by turn directions, artificially limiting iOS's functionality, and forcing Apple to create their own maps. How hard was it for Google to add turn by turn? Not that hard considering they came out with their own app a few months later..

Google is evil