Google has started its Winter cleaning drive where the company normally stops some of its older unused services in the attempt trying to be a more focused company. While the company is doing this, the biggest new out here is that it is dropping Microsoft Exchange Active Sync support. This means starting January 30, 2013 users will be unable to set-up Gmail, Calendar and Contact via Google Sync using ActiveSync. This has greater repercussions for Windows Phone 8 users as CalDAV and CardDAV are not supported by Windows Phone 8 and Gmail can only be loaded on Windows Phone 8 devices using the IMAP protocol, in the process Windows Phone 8 users will not be pushed their mails, at best their inbox will be updated every 15 minutes. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps
This move marks the deepening of rifts between Google and Microsoft. Earlier, Microsoft ran a campaign in the US where it did a sort of blind test for shopping related search results, showing how Google was manipulating results and users were getting “Scroogled.” Google responded by announcing it won’t develop any apps beyond its Search app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. And now it has announced it would be stopping support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for new devices starting January 30. Also Read - Windows 11 launched: Check out top 5 features of Windows 10 successor
The move comes at a crucial time for Microsoft, which is trying to regain lost ground in both PC and smartphone space by launching completely overhauled operating systems and could do with some help from developers and companies like Google, among others. The latest Google announcement is not just a setback for Microsoft but also a bad move for users, who would be left with no choice but to look for alternatives or move to another platform. Microsoft still has time till June 30 to come up with an alternative to diffuse the situation. Also Read - Windows 11 borrows Xbox Series X/S-like fast loading speeds for PC gamers
Apart from this, Google is shutting down Google Calendar sync on December 14, 2012 and Google Sync for S60 devices on January 30, 2013. Google is also shutting down the Issue Tracker API in June and the Punchd Android and iOS apps will also be discontinued in June of 2013. Additionally, the company is also shutting down a number of less popular Google Calendar features like Appointment slots and Smart Rescheduler.