No more ActiveSync services on Gmail: what does that mean?

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No more ActiveSync services on Gmail: what does that mean?

If you rely on Gmail, should you care that Google has discontinued the delivery of Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for individuals?

 

This week, Google announced that it has discontinued the delivery of Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for individuals. What does this mean?
 
A little while ago, we explained what ActiveSync is and why it’s a useful technology.
 
EAS is a service that delivers push notifications to mobile devices for email, calendar and tasks. Rather than having the mobile device checking back and synchronising that information, changes are automatically sent to the device.
 
That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your email or calendar information to your tablet or smartphone.
 
However, protocols like IMAP and CalDAV make it possible to do similar things but they are synchronisation systems. That means your device needs to poll the server that your email or calendar is stored on to get the data rather than changes being automatically sent.
 
To be honest, this isn’t likely to make a lot of difference to most people, but it’s a sign that free services are slowly being removed like the recent decision by Google to discontinue the free version of Google Apps or degraded in some way.
 
Something to keep in mind if you rely heavily on free Internet services like Gmail.
 
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