Google ends Exchange ActiveSync support for Gmail, Contacts and Calendar


google-syncGoogle has announced that they will no longer support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for Gmail, address book and calendar. This has consequences for people who use their iPhone to the Gmail service to synchronize. Google late in a blog posting that the measure is part of a winter cleaning. The measure applies only to consumers and new users. It is at first sight no consequences for business users. Google encourages users to henceforth IMAP for e-mail, CalDAV calendaring and CardDAV for the address book. In a separate tip explains how you synchronize Gmail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar setting in iOS.

It was expected that Google would stop the support for Exchange ActiveSync. This is unfortunate, because thanks to this protocol was easy to use your iPhone to connect to the Google services. Push mail worked that way too easily. You will now need to choose the Gmail app to receive push notifications.

The change will take effect on January 30, 2013, but the synchronization will be happy to continue working with people who are already established. Google Sync will also continue to work with Google Apps accounts paid, used by companies and government institutions. A FAQ explains the effects for customers. Google stops on December 14, additionally with Google Calendar Sync, Google Sync for Nokia S60 and SyncML.

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