Windows Phone users who happen to take advantage of Google’s services have been worried sick ever since the company announced it planned to drop the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Since then Microsoft has been in the denial phase of its PR speak, but rumors said a behind the scenes effort was made by the company to request Google push back the deadline as it worked to add DAV support to Windows Phone. Today, that crisis has been officially averted.
Publishing the news to the Windows Phone Blog, Michael Stroh announced that Microsoft and Google have reached a mutual agreement to push back the sync deactivation deadline. Originally slated for tomorrow, the deadline has now been pushed back to July 31, 2013.
That’s not all the good news though, because the Windows Phone team is working to add support for the CalDAV (calendar) and CardDAV (contacts) sync protocols into the OS. These two coupled with IMAP for email should be a satisfactory replacement for the soon to be discontinued EAS method.
We’re relieved to hear that Google and Microsoft could find a way to work together on this one. Hopefully the slowly-melting ice around Google’s heart will soon extend to more first-party apps on our favorite up and coming mobile platform.
Source: Windows Phone Blog