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.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
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.
Microsoft Releases Edge Browser for Android and iOS, Launcher for Android
Microsoft today made a beta version of its Edge browser available to Android and iOS devices. The beta, available to registered Windows Insiders, requires users to initiate the signup process through a Windows 10 PC.
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.
Google Sync is terrible anyway