Google move to drop ActiveSync support nudges you to Apps

Google move to drop ActiveSync support nudges you to Apps

Summary: If you want ActiveSync support as a consumer, you'll have to get a Google Apps account.


In Google's winter cleaning exercise, the company dropped consumer support for Google Sync, which allows access to Gmail, calendar and contacts via Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync.

Here's the overview (emphasis added).

With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement.

That last part, however, is critical. Google wasn't going to screw businesses by dropping ActiveSync.

In the end, Google is making it clear that if you want ActiveSync you're going to need a business account.

Also: Google discontinuing support for Exchange ActiveSync, may impact Windows Phone users

Topics: Enterprise Software, Android, Google, Google Apps

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  • Not surprised

    they need to get people to their software anyway they can, since not many are using it by choice.
    William Farrel
    • Google is not MS

      Nobody needs to be forced to Gmail. It is the best email available and free for any one to use.

      It is the convicted monopolist that arm twists OEMs to sell Windows only desktops.
      Van Der
      • Stop using iMaps for directions....

        Find your way back to reality with your iMaps. MS is anything but a monopoly. There are no limits on the numbers of choices for a desktops, smartphone, and tablets.

        Come back to reality.
      • As opposed to Google

        Which scans your gmail to sell adds. Gmail is anything but free and it is nowhere near the best.
        • Actually it is the best

          which is exactly why you cannot name anything better. But if you would like make us all laugh go ahead...

          Regardless, the entire free internet runs on ads. Nearly every website you visit is selling your information to target ads to you including So if you don't like it then you should either stop using the internet, only visit sites you pay a monthly rate for an ad free version of, or embrace your hypocrisy and respond only with ignorant denials.

          And I'm pretty sure I know which one you are going to pick...
          • hotmail and outlook much better and not selling my information

            my hotmail account came with 25GB of skydrive storage, free Windows apps that blow Google apps out of the water and many other features that make it the best cloud based email out there. It's marketshare has actually increased.
            Gmail looks like any other web based mail service I've seen from much smaller vendors. Nothing at all special about it and it's down far too often. I've not had any outages with hotmail and it's not crashing my browser.
            Google software has been shown to be half baked across all of their lines. Even Droid is widely said to be so fragmented and full of bugs it's not even close to Apple's products and now MS is selling a fabulous tablet and anyone that has used it has marveled at how great it feels and works. You don't get those comments on Droid tablets, it's the "it'll do, I guess" kind of OS.
      • Have 2 Gmail accounts and its lousy compared to

        Hotmail. now Outlook online. I have no allegence to any one kind of IT producer, I just like what works best for me.

        Gmail is an OK free email service but it still feels like a poor replacement for a free email service when compared to Outlook online.

        And now Gmail is reducing service to push towards paid services???


        And thus it begins.

        Almost anyone will tell you the standard model in business is to reduce recurring costs, not increase them. The cloud is a recurring cost vampire if your prpared to let it be.
    • Not surprising

      Now is a great time to move to It's a much better service than Gmail at the moment.
      • Maybe if you like spam

        And want to be locked into Microsoft software. But I guess a glass jar is a safer holding place than your dingy tightly whities...
        • is the best email for avoiding SPAM

          Look at the new features.

          Also Microsoft works fully on the iPhone, Andriod and Windows Phone. GMail not so much anymore.
          • SPAM?

            Sorry, SPAM belongs to Hormel. Try spam.
            Mihi Nomen Est
  • Ridiculous

    Maybe people will finally start to see Google for what it is now. People have claimed Google isn't evil and only looking out for individuals best interests for so long now. Now they can see how Google is throwing them under the bus.
    • I have to say I'm starting to agree

      All companies are in business to make money, but Google has been steadily making changes that do not offer better service or in some case give worse results.
    • stop using

      activesync and outlook. it's that simple
      • Or.

        Stop using G-mail and google apps.
      • Use what you like

        Or tell others what to do, your choice. I don't listen to people here, I use what I like, screw the rest of ya.
  • Google first uses monopoly search to create "highest bidder" search results

    And now they are giving users No choice and trying to push them into and lock them into their platform, which does not support any other solutinos. It's a complete lock in, lock down. Apple type of move.
    Time for anyone using Google to have the sense to get off and realize they are all about Greed.
    • Ay least with Apple they tell you that going in

      consumers have a choice to jump in or not. With Google it's dump everything else go, with us, it's all free"

      Once you've done that, now they tell you "We did say 'free for a while', right?" wink wink, nudge nudge.
      William Farrel
    • Huh?

      IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV are all open standards (unlike ActiveSync) - how exactly do they lock you into the Google platform?
      • Try again..

        Exchange Server Protocols System Overview