Syncing Google services with Windows Phone

Syncing Google services with Windows Phone

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UPDATE: EAS support has been extended through December 31, 2013.

You may have seen a recent announcement from Google regarding changes to the Google Sync service used to connect devices to Google services (Google Sync utilizes the Exchange ActiveSync, or EAS, protocol from Microsoft to synchronize email, contacts, and calendar).  We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013 December 31, 2013.

At the same time, the Windows Phone team is building support into our software for the new sync protocols Google is using for calendar and contacts—CalDAV and CardDAV. These new protocols, combined with our existing support for the IMAP protocol for email, will enable Windows Phone users to continue to connect to Google services after July 31, 2013 December 31, 2013. 

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  • btbroot
    0 Posts

    Hey, Microsoft!

    I can see a *hudge* difference between "CalDAV support" and "Google Calendar CalDAV support". People around may not care about anything but Google, but I do.

    Start support CalDAV already! It's nonsense that you're lacking it. You won't reply to me definitely, and I don't care.

  • Jadesky
    0 Posts

    I just got a Nokia 928 Windows phone coming off of Android and am just learning about this syncing thing. I had no idea my google calendar would not transfer over to the new phone. There must be a way to do this. I have so many appts and things on the calendar, and I assume I would now be using Microsoft outlook calendar?

    Can anyone please tell me HOW I can go about making that happen?

    Thanks!

  • _awm
    0 Posts

    Michael, can I assume as the post is tagged with Windows Phone 7.5, that the CalDAV and CardDAV updates will also come to WP7.5/7.8? Thanks.

  • I just had one of my primary uses of google, Reader, get shuttered in the spring cleaning. In the same post they mentioned closing off the CalDAV functionality. Is this going to be one more non-working communication between windows phones and google?

    googleblog.blogspot.com/.../a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html

  • bbehm
    0 Posts

    I just picked up an HTC 8X on Verizon.  I added my Google Account but can only see my "default" Google calendar.  My shared calendars are not visible at all.  From what I understood from this post is that this would work until July 31st but is it possible that support did in fact already end?

    Thanks,

    Brian

  • Luigi
    9 Posts

    Even though I did not post many blogs in this forum over the past year, I have been listening to you all on a daily basis.  My HTC HD7 is now on its last leg. My wife’s Lumia 710 has been a good mid-range phone but nothing more than that. We both need new phones. We have been waiting patiently for too long. Unfortunately, T-Mobile does not have any high-end WP8 phone in its lineup. Other than the Nokia Lumia 920 (insanely given to AT&T as an exclusive deal!), there are not other high-end options available in the US market for the other three major wireless carriers. In a desperate attempt, I have even purchased a locked AT&T Lumia 900 out of contract. To date, despite the end of the exclusive agreement, I have not been able to unlock that phone directly through the AT&T Customer Service channel. I lost $59.99 to an Internet unlock service website claiming that they could unlock any AT&T Lumia 900. I have even contacted Nokia directly and they told me that there is nothing they can do. To add insult over injury, the new DMCA provision - making illegal to jailbreak and unlock phones as of 1/26 - has put an end to my efforts. Moreover, I even purchased a PC with Windows 8 Pro to better integrate Outlook with my current WP7.5 phone. I even purchased the entire Microsoft Office 2010 Suite to better accomplish that. Guess what? There is no way to directly sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts with my WP without bringing to the table clouds, Live accounts, Outlook Connectors and so forth and so on!  And even when you do that, you still have two or more sets of Calendar and Contacts in your PC, to the point that you no longer know which is which. Needles to say, iOS, Android and now BB10 can easily and seamlessly sync with Outlook. Ironically, Microsoft makes Outlook and Windows Phone OS but it cannot sync them! I cannot care less to have an “app for that”, I do not want an iPhone or an Android phone but I do want the Outlook-WP8 direct sync capability and a flagship phone that will work on my (or any) carrier. Michael, any hope that I can get any of that before the new BB z10 becomes available in the USA?  

  • Festus
    0 Posts

    It's kinda awesome

  • ANF
    0 Posts

    oh so maybe 2030 for windows phone 8 users in Australia. I'm still waiting for the first update with no eta on when we will get it. I'm switching to BB10 at least I will get support and handset that works.

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  • alunj
    3 Posts

    Would be nice if the Windows Phone would build support into WP7 for syncing with _Outlook's_ calendar and contacts, without bringing "cloud", "online" or "outlook.com" into the picture. Can do with Blackberry, can't do with WP7.

  • Who care about this google sync!!! Everything fine with Facebook and hotmail or Yahoo.

    If google may walk through this way!!! No need much time for raising down on their PRFT.

    Already people start hate their services because, they are trying to take only to their place for using their services. Right now against Windows, after may win with windows, will be against iPhone and BB. This time people need to be standing like a monkey with opened mouth and big eyes. You want it!!!

    People literally understand that, google does not know the meaning of co-operation and rights for the public services.

    Try to stop using main personal service with google, because after they will ask to pay for using more their services.

    Go through another great service provider for social and messaging. That will be great for all.

    Don't want to say and think that 'm saying this because of against google.

    Just think, can understand that.

  • SDreamer
    11 Posts

    Is this all Windows Phones or just WP8? As a Lumia 900 user locked in contract, I sure hope this makes it to WP7 as well.

  • Good to hear we can kinda get along with google haha

  • N_mag
    0 Posts

    Awesome! Appreciate the planning head!

  • freitasm
    247 Posts

    It sounds good, thanks for the update.

    One question though: will this update be delivered as something that don't need operator's approval, or are we users going to be tied up to their processes?

  • Off subject, but its funny...

    The best comment I've heard today about BB10 is "the new OS looks ugly to me, but maybe it will do well. Besides iOS, and Android, look ugly and look at how well they are doing"" LOL!! Funny.