Google shocked the industry last month when it decided to effectively cut off Exchange support as part of it’s “house cleaning” process. This service was used to allow Microsoft email clients, such as those in Windows Phone 8, access to Gmail accounts to sync email, contacts, and calendars.
The cancellation of these services was seen as Aggressive by Microsoft, who had not yet updated their technology to support Google services other than Exchange. While the services were set to expire today, Microsoft and Google reached an agreement today at the very last minute. The agreement states that exchange services will stay active for 6 more months while Microsoft gets ready for the transition. This extension is ONLY for Windows Phone at the moment. While there is workarounds on Windows 8, the official service is only available for Windows Phone 8.
While this may seem like a generous move on Google’s part, it’s actually very self motivated. If they shut off exchange services, all of those using Gmail would be left in the dark for months until Microsoft got everything situated. This could cause a mass exodus from Gmail to Outlook.com, which would be very bad for Google. In the mean time, Microsoft has confirmed that they are working diligently on bringing CalDAV and CardDAV support to Windows.
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