Google seems to be in a nice mood once again. The search engine giant has been playing hardball with Microsoft ever since Redmond unleashed Windows 8, and with it, made public its hardware intentions.
To be fair, both companies have been at it — toughest of competitors they are for each other.
But every once in a while, for every war cry, for every declaration of not developing official apps for a competing platform, for every Scroogled campaign, the two technology titan sit together and work out compromises. The YouTube app saga for Windows Phone was the most recent case.
And today we have another one — Exchange ActiveSync cut off for Windows Phone.
Google pulled a hard one on Microsoft and Windows Phone users when it decided to remove ActiveSync support for any new Windows Phone adopter with a Gmail account. While initially the move took everyone by surprise, Google backed down a month later and extended the cut off deadline to July 31.
Well, July 31 came and went, and it has now emerged that the support date will again be extended to December 31, 2013. A Microsoft spokesperson said:
“We’ve reached an agreement with Google to extend support for new Windows Phone connections to the Google Sync service through December 31, 2013.”
All’s well that ends well — even if this particular option will end on the last day of the year.
This should provide Microsoft some breathing room. Redmond has already announced that it is working to add support for Google’s CalDAV and CardDAV protocols for future versions of Windows Phone to sync with Gmail accounts.
The almost ready GDR2 update to Windows Phone 8 offers support for this, though the update has not yet hit every Windows Phone 8 handset out there (except some HTC devices and the latest Lumia smartphones).
Millions of Windows Phone 7 users, however, are left in the dark. They are set to face cut off come December 31, 2013 as Microsoft has not yet announced any plans to bring the feature to WP7.