No more Activesync so need to move to IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV

It will still work for existing customers, but sounds like Google is moving away from Microsoft. At least they are still supporting Apple customers as the iCloud stuff just doesn’t work that well (at least for me). Will have to experiment with using CardDAV and CalDAV to see if these work better. And of course it is complicated. Got to set up three different services!
Google shutting down Google Sync Exchange ActiveSync support for new consumer activations Jan. 30 | 9to5Mac

Google announced on its official blog today that it would be doing some “winter cleaning” by discontinuing a number of services in the near future. Among the services shutting down as of Jan. 30 is Google Sync, which allowed users to access Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. As an alternative, Google recommended IMAP for mail, as well as the recently launched CardDAV and CalDAV protocols. Google did, however, confirm it will continue offering the service to existing consumers and Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education customers.
 

Winter cleaning | Official Google Blog

  • On January 4, 2013, we’ll be shutting down several less popular Google Calendar features. You’ll be unable to create new reservable times on your Calendar through Appointment slots, but existing Appointment slots will continue working for one year. In addition, we’ll discontinue two Calendar Labs—Smart Rescheduler (we recommend Find a time view or Suggested times as alternatives) and Add gadget by URL. Finally, Check your calendar via sms and Create event via sms (GVENT)—U.S.-only features for creating and checking meetings by texting information to Google—will be discontinued today, as most users prefer mobile Calendar apps.
  • Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement.
  • In addition to Google Sync, we’re discontinuing Google Calendar Sync on December 14, 2012 and Google Sync for Nokia S60 on January 30, 2013. We’re also ending service for SyncML, a contacts sync service used by a small number of older mobile devices on January 30, 2013.
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