Microsoft lashes out at Google over decision to end ActiveSync support

Google Apps for Business, Government and Education customers will continue to be supported.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is criticizing Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for ending its support of Exchange Active Sync, which synchronizes mobile applications on the free version of Google Apps.

Last week, Google announced that it would no longer support a number of products, features and services on its free version of Google Apps, including Google Sync, which enables access to Gmail, calendar and contacts applications via the Exchange Active Sync protocol.

"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," Venkat Panchapakesan, vice president of engineering at Google, wrote in a blog.

Customers of its paid Google Apps for Business, Government and Education will continue to be fully supported on Google Sync, he stressed.

Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta took the announcement as an opportunity to encourage Gmail users to switch to

"We were very surprised to see Gmail announce last week that they'll soon end support for Exchange ActiveSync, unless of course you're willing to pay Google for your email. It means that many people currently using Gmail for free are facing a situation where they might have to degrade their mobile email experience by downgrading to an older protocol that doesn't sync your calendar or contacts, doesn't give you direct push of new email messages and doesn't have all the benefits of Exchange ActiveSync," he wrote in a blog.  

"So if you want a better email, especially on your phone or tablet, it's time to join the millions who have already made the choice to upgrade to," he added.

For more:
- read Panchapakesan's blog
- check out Mehta's blog

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