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Google gives Windows Phone users a temporary reprieve, extends Gmail and Calendar sync deadline

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday August 01, 2013.

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Today was to be the day that Windows Phone users would no longer be able to activate a new connection with Google to have their Gmail or Google Calendars synchronize with their smartphones. Existing connections would continue to operate, but the Exchange sync Google planned to stop supporting would prevent new devices from connecting Google and Windows Phone.

Google has changed its mind and decided to extend the cutoff date, according to The Verge. Instead of Windows Phone users being locked out from creating new sync connections on August, users will have until December 31, 2013. The new closure date gives Microsoft time to deploy the sync method now favored by Google, CalDAV and CardDAV, into Windows Phone. Microsoft has already included CalDAV and CardDAV in the most recent update of Windows Phone, but it has yet to arrive for most handsets.

"We've reached an agreement with Google to extend support for new Windows Phone connections to the Google Sync service through December 31, 2013," a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. The agreement means that someone who decides to purchase a new Windows handset will not have to worry if they will be able to access their email and appointments using the built-in tools. It also ensures Google users won't have to switch to Microsoft's Outlook services, so the deal is beneficial to both parties and, more importantly, consumers.

via: The Verge

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