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Old 12-15-2012, 03:54 PM
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Default Google kills off support for Exchange ActiveSync

In a move that will most likely hurt consumers, Google has announced that it plans to disable support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) on January 30, 2013. While this change wonít affect people already using EAS on their devices, it will become impossible to set up accounts on new devices without a paid Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education account.

EAS, of course, is the industry-standard protocol for syncing email, contacts, calendar, and often tasks between services like Microsoft Exchange,, Gmail, and much more. Almost every major email service supports it Ė even if the actual backend systems arenít running Exchange Ė since it allows for easy setup on millions of devices, from Windows and Windows Phone to Android and iOS.

Of course, Google also supports IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV, so most tablets and smartphone will still be able to access Gmail, but itís not nearly as ubiquitous as EAS.

How do you feel about Gmail dropping EAS support? Do you currently use EAS on your devices?

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