Google extends Exchange ActiveSync support so Microsoft can update Windows Phone

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Good news Windows Phone users! Microsoft and Google have come to some sort of conclusion to a potential mess where users would not be able to sync to Google services via Exchange ActiveSync. Google will extend support til July 31; while Microsoft will update Windows Phone to support CalDAV and CardDAV.

“We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013,” it said in a blog post. “At the same time, the Windows Phone team is building support into our software for the new sync protocols Google is using for calendar and contacts—CalDAV and CardDAV.”

Google was planning to shutdown its Exchange ActiveSync support today, as Google also uses IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV in order to sync mail, calendar and contacts. Those on Google Apps were not affected by the change; and most platforms support IMAP, CalDAV and CardDav – except Windows Phone.

Well, until the next update anyways.

Microsoft has not put an official date on this fix, but as Mary Jo Foley from All About Microsoft writes, “assume there will be an update for Windows Phone coming before July 31.” And, assuming from the tags, it will be for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 users.

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