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Topic # 112629 15-Dec-2012 09:28 Send private message

According to Google's Official Blog, some features are being retired now. I see I will have to migrate my parents-in-law to Office 365 (should've done ages ago) because they do use Outlook and Google Sync keeps things nicely in place (with some hiccups).

Although Google Sync will continue to work, it will not be able to installed in new devices - which may be a problem if they need to reinstall or upgrade their laptops.


  • 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 smsand 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.
  • The Issue Tracker Data API allows client applications to view and update issues on Project Hosting on Google Code in the form of Google Data API feeds. We’ll shut down the Issue Tracker API on June 14, 2013.
  • Punchd is an app that keeps loyalty punch cards on your smartphone. On June 7, 2013, we will discontinue the Punchd Android and iOS apps, and merchants will no longer honor Punchd loyalty cards. Users can continue to earn punches and redeem rewards at participating businesses until June 7, 2013. We remained focused on developing products that help merchants and shoppers connect in new and useful ways.







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  Reply # 732859 15-Dec-2012 09:50 Send private message

Retiring google sync plus not developing apps for Windows Phone 8.. might have to move off google apps



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  Reply # 732860 15-Dec-2012 09:52 Send private message

We use Office 365 here. I put my parents-in-law on Google Apps when the Google Apps paid subscription was cheaper than Microsoft BPOS. But with Office 365 Exchange only the price difference is not a big deal anymore, and it supports a lot more in terms of Exchange features than Google does.

Will start planning moving them to Office 365 from the start of the year.




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Reply # 732880 15-Dec-2012 11:39 Send private message

so does this mean my appointments I put on my google calendar wont sync across my devices and my gmail also wont sync with my devices from then




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  Reply # 732881 15-Dec-2012 11:45 Send private message

You will have to check which service you use and if your devices support those. Then decide if you change devices or move off Google.

I'd say they are trying to make Android *THE* device to have if using their services.




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  Reply # 732884 15-Dec-2012 12:22 Send private message

freitasm: I'd say they are trying to make Android *THE* device to have if using their services.


The irony of which is that I find using ActiveSync on Android to be a vastly superior solution than the Gmail app!

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  Reply # 732917 15-Dec-2012 14:43 Send private message

I really liked iGoogle but that is being stopped after Nov 2013 as well. It worked really well as a homepage.




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