As mentioned in my previous post, Google announced their decision to end support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). As a result, the updated Calendar app no longer has full sync support for Google Calendar events. However, there is still a way to get your events into the Calendar app. For customers that would like to, the Calendar app team has posted instructions on how to copy events from Google Calendar into your Outlook.com Calendar. Once you’ve completed the steps, you’ll be able to view and update all of these events in the Calendar app.
Alternatively, if you’d just like to use the Windows 8 app for receiving Google Calendar notifications (without the ability to add, delete, or update events) you can follow the instructions in this community support page.
As an alternative to import your evens into outlook.com, we've developed a windows 8 calendar app which syncs your google calendar. Currently we're in a very early development stage and it's read only with "room for improvement". We decided to publish it early however and supply frequent updates so that Microsofts decission to remove google calendar support get's less painfull for the end users.
Just search for "gmail calendar" in the store (apps.microsoft.com/.../434a71b4-9f02-4e73-a5c7-c0eeeac63e7a).
On our current roadmap we have a day and a week view as well as editing and creating events. Beside that we're working on bug fixes
deeply_embedded, Just wait until they retire Google Calendar. You won't have a calendar then :P
I don't particularly care about open standards. Nor do I care whether Google lives up to its old aspiration to not "be evil". If I valued either one of those goals over product functionality, I wouldn't be a long-time Microsoft customer.
What I care about is having reliable access to great services. After years of using it, I can say that Google Calendar is a great service. Windows 8 should be about integrating the different services that I use, so that I have access to them all in one place (as opposed to only supporting Microsoft services). Google is huge in online collaboration, and their calendar service is very popular. In other words, they shouldn't be ignored.
If I'm not mistaken, Google provides an API for their calendar service. So unless there's some technical reason why it's not feasible, Microsoft should write a client for their API and get on with it.
deeply_embedded, Google is trying very hard to keep you away from Microsoft products. It first became prominent with Gmail, when IE9 came out and some IE9 users start complaining about download attachment isn't working in IE9 even after the browser reset. Turned out Gmail server particularly refuse IE token at server side and there is no way to download the attachments from the Ajax version. The only workaround was to switch to basic view. Momentarily, Yahoo, Aol and Outlook rich web clients were working just fine. When the inconsistency was reported to Google, they asked users to start using Chrome.
Google is eradicating competition by forking the OSS projects and labeling their logos on it and free to use. Then the billions they are making from those "free" products is by tracking user privacy, profiling and sell the profile to the highest bidders or the interested parties (advertising agencies and other government agencies). The reward (of cheating people and playing around with their personal stuff) is so big that they are now competition with top businesses in the world.
The interesting thing is Google poses as some kind of ally to open source community, while its core projects are as close as any corporate, with extra privacy sniffing modules and plus they all are free of cost to attract lots.
Google is the opposite of reliable and flexible, hence the April Fools joke of shutting down YouTube.
Google doesn't even support calendar standards anymore. First they announce they're dropping EAS, then they announce they're dropping CalDav. Microsoft can't keep jumping from API to API at Google's whim. Perhaps you should have put your data with a more reliable company that uses standards. Many Google Notebook and Google Reader users are familiar with how this company frequently drops projects they grow bored with.
As far as feature set, Microsoft's online tools offer a similar ability to collaborate online. And unlike Google, Outlook calendar works across iOS, Android, and Windows.
Google Reader, Google Notebook, EAS and CalDav dropped, Webkit forked, etc. The company is the definition of unreliable. I honestly hope you're not using your calendar for business or anything important because you only have yourself to blame when Google decides calendar development is a waste of their companies resources.
Google calendar is a truly excellent product -- the ability to collaboratively edit calendars with a group of people, for free, is great. It's simple, flexible, reliable, and it's nicely integrated with Google's suite of online tools.
When I first started using Windows 8, my Windows 8 calendar app synchronized nicely and showed my upcoming meetings on the start page. Great! A nice way to extend the calendar experience onto the desktop. It increased my trust that Microsoft was looking out for my interests.
But now that you no longer support Google calendar properly, my calendar on the start page looks sad and empty.
I wouldn't even consider switching to a Microsoft-based calendar. Google calendar is simply better than anything you currently offer. I'm sure that I could follow the special instructions that you provide to get partial support back, but why would I bother? I'm no longer having a good experience with your calendar app, so I choose to toss it out and move on.
As others have argued -- it doesn't matter to your customers whose fault this is. Microsoft isn't known for playing nice with its competitors, and now, perhaps Google isn't playing nice with Microsoft. The difference is that Google will bend over backwards to support Microsoft's formats when it benefits their customers (e.g. working with doc files in Google Docs). If you want to continue to have customers, you're going to have to play the same game. So instead of crying about Google dropping support for your calendar synchronization method, how about you support their method, and give us (your customers) the features we want?