Windows Phone calendar and contacts syncing service extended by Google till December 31st
Google has announced that it is going to extend its Windows Phone syncing service until the end of December. Initially, the company had planned to close down the support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol on January 30th, but it prolonged the period until July 31st. now, it is extending the support until December 31st. A Microsoft representative has told The Verge: “We’ve reached an agreement with Google to extend support for new Windows Phone connections to the Google Sync service through December 31, 2013.”
The reason is to give Microsoft enough time to develop CalDAV and CardDAV support for the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has already built the support in the new update which started rolling out lately, but many handsets have not received the update yet. The additional time will ensure that most of the devices running Windows Phone 8 will get the support.
There is an ongoing war between the two companies and their ecosystems, and it seems that at least one of the battles is going to end. They have also had a dispute on the unofficial YouTube Windows Phone app developed by Microsoft. Afterwards, Google wanted Microsoft to delete the app and Microsoft did so. Currently, they are working together on the official version of the app.
Source: The Verge