Google to Support Windows Phone ActiveSync Until July
Updated: added details reggarding cardDAV and calDAV
Google has decided to delay its plans to cease supporting ActiveSync for Windows Phone until July 31, reports The Verge. Microsoft had been prepared to end ActiveSync support, which Gmail subscribers use to sync Gmail, contacts, and calendar data to Windows Phones, on January 31. According to The Verge, Microsoft asked Google to continue supporting ActiveSync for an additional six months, and today's news shows that Google honored the request. In a statement, Google said it will "start rolling out this change as planned across all platforms but will continue to support Google Sync for Windows Phone until July 31, 2013." Separately, Microsoft today confirmed that it is working to add support for the new sync protocols that are supported by Google, CalDAV and CardDAV, into the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft says that, together with IMAP, Gmail users will continue to be able to use their Google accounts with Windows Phones and sync their data seamlessly.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.
Microsoft Bringing Cortana to Android and iOS
Microsoft today said Android and iOS users will soon be able to use Cortana, its virtual assistant, on their smartphones. The Android and iOS Cortana app will work in coordination with Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, according to Microsoft.
Google Sync is terrible anyway