Google Sync support for Windows Phone extended through Dec. 31
Today's the day that Windows Phone users were slated to lose support for Google Sync, but it looks like they've been given another reprieve. Windows Phone's support for the service, which allows users to sync calendar and contact information using the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, was originally supposed to end on Jan. 30. That date was eventually pushed back to July 31, and now a second extension has been issued, giving Windows Phone access to the Google Sync service until Dec. 31.
Google has said that it's dropping its Exchange ActiveSync-powered Sync service in favor of the open CalDAV and CardDAV protocols. However, Microsoft only recently added CalDAV and CardDAV support to Windows Phone 8 in its recent GDR2 update, which has so far only been released for a small number of devices.
Now that Google has pushed its Sync cutoff for Windows Phones to the end of 2013, though, Microsoft now has plenty of time to get the GDR2 update out to Windows Phone users so that they can continue to sync their Google data without issue. Here's to hoping that we start to see a broader GDR2 push in the near future.