Winter cleaning, December 2012
Google announced it would no longer support syncing via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync by preventing customers from setting up new devices with Google Sync. Except, that is, for paid Google accounts. There’s little apparent reason for the axing, except to goad Microsoft into supporting CalDAV (calendar) and CardDAV (contacts) on Windows Phone, Win8, and Windows RT. The move took effect Jan. 30, 2013; there was a reprieve for Windows Phone users until July 31, but a recent Metro app update has made everything murky. MS has posted a Google Sync work-around for Windows 8 and Windows RT customers.