Google drops Gmail Outlook sync support, Microsoft "surprised"

By Rick · 36 replies
Dec 18, 2012
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  1. I was thinking to buy a new android phone, with this news I think it is necessary to change my mind. I don't feel respected as a client in this struggle between 2 giants.
    Google as a creative enterprise should re-evaluate its strategy.
    It is not for/against Google, it is definitely against playing with us as toys for their strategy and leaving the way of openness for Ego-corporate magnificience.
  2. Unf***ingbelievable.

    I've been using Outlook + Google calendar for quite a few years, and now I just can't do it because I've reinstalled my system. And not even a word of notification from Google.

    gmail is of no use for me anymore - there is no chance I'm gonna stop using Outlook.
    Microsoft Banzai, Google must die

  3. Ying Dai

    Ying Dai TS Rookie

    Yesterday, I exported my mails from Outlook as a single .pst file and was going to import them to Gmail using outlookmigration. I have done this before without any problems. But this time I got a message: Email Migration API Not Enabled. Google even did not update its help page. Some page still says Email Migration API is on by default for free google account!

    I guess this is because Google hate Microsoft who charges EAS patent fee for Android devices.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    MS charges them on 'FRAND' basis (considering there are multiple patents involved); so the amount isn't too exaggerated compared to what Google tried to do with Motorola patents and lost, I'd say things between these two aren't what they might once have been.
  5. Pretty ticked off with google turning off outlook sync and especially with removing free google domain hosting. they were the best game in town and the integration with google mail & calendar was incredibly useful. google's turning its back on customers and I'll remember this.
  6. After using Gmail for over a decade, I never thought I'd have to have a new email address again. I never thought I'd ever think of Microsoft as an alternative. Yet here I am - Outlook is a requirement at work, I can't sync, I double book myself - Frustrating, frustrating, frustrating. What a terrible move. Oh Google, I guess this is goodbye. :'(
  7. TommyWillB

    TommyWillB TS Rookie

    Dude, they've been talking about this for YEARS!!!
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,958   +216

    TommyWillB Uhh yea, supporting HTTPS for webmail access vs requiring SSL for accessing external mail servers via known trusted certificates vs self-signed certificates is quite the difference
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Here's the thing. If you're not paying for something, you're technically not a "customer". At least not in the commonly accepted usage of the term.

    What Google did here, is foist off all its freeloaders onto Microsoft. Which is really rude, and yet at once, really shrew.

    The kicker here is the 50 free accounts down to one. This is behavior that rivals your average heroine dealer's business model. Smack is free until you're hooked, then you start signing over your food stamps and social security check.

    I really have little time for Google, its antics,or its pursuit of world domination, and have every intention of folding their business model back at them. If a Google service isn't free, then I won't use it. And in spite of the fact that Google Chrome IS free, I wouldn't touch that with YOUR ten foot pole.:mad:
  10. Incidentally, this is the last straw for me, but with Windows. Google's decision comes in the light of supporting open-source protocols, such as CardDAV and CalDAV. Hello Android, good-bye Windows.
  11. K Hark

    K Hark TS Rookie

    Now that the Google Calendar Sync has stopped working I found a replacement Outlook4Gmail. Although it isn’t free it works great, actually better than Google's own product did.
  12. George Han

    George Han TS Rookie

    In the end they didn't discontinue this service in 2012. But they eventually DID end it last August in 2014.
    So now we are indeed forced into searching for alternative methods of synchronisation.

    What I use it just a simple little Outlook plug-in, which works for Android,Apple,Blackberry etc.
    EVO Collaborator for Outlook. Maybe interesting to have a look at that as well.

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