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We were very surprised to see Gmail announce last week that they'll soon end support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), 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.
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 Outlook.com.
To learn more about how to get started with Outlook.com, check out the technical spec for Exchange ActiveSync in Exchange 2013 just follow these simple steps:
To learn more about setting up Outlook.com on your mobile device, see our simple instructions here.
For those still on the fence, a quick introduction to why EAS is so important for a seamless experience across devices could be helpful. There are many protocols for sending and receiving email. POP and IMAP were designed decades ago, were considered state-of-the-art at the time, and are still used by millions of people. Both were created before mobile phones really even existed. To have a great email experience in 2012, a protocol needs to do more than just send and receive messages on a PC. It needs to work really well on a variety of mobile devices, to sync not only email but also your calendar and contacts, to do this automatically, and in a way that preserves battery life.
Exchange ActiveSync was first introduced in 2002 as a way to help you have a great mobile email experience. Since then, it has continued to improve, with a number of optimizations specifically for mobile devices, including tablets:
You can read more about these innovations and a whole host of other nitty-gritty details in the history of Exchange ActiveSync. It's because of these advanced consumer benefits that many devices choose to natively support Exchange ActiveSync-whether that's a Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or even a number of Android devices. You can see more detail in this chart of some of the other devices that support EAS.
We hope you have a wonderful winter holiday. As you enter the New Year, we encourage you to seize the opportunity to upgrade your mail to a service that puts the consumer first and gives you a great mobile email experience.
--Dharmesh Mehta, Senior Director, Product Management
The only reason we are using GMAIL accounts is to sync contact photos between Outlook and the Windows Phones of my family via GO Contact Sync Mod.
Please enable Outlook.com to sync contact photos between WP, Outlook, etc. and we will drop the GMAIL accounts.
Please fix "birthday +1" problem on iPhone!!! (contact-sycn)
How about an easy switch from Outlook.com TO Gmail.com? Outlook.com has been nothing but one frustration and disappointment after another. I want Hotmail back. It worked. It loaded more than nineteen measly emails per page. It didn't waste space. I can't find anything. Bring back Hotmail for those of us who still need it until we're able to migrate everything.
I have an iPhone, I have gmail accounts, I have a Windows machine with Outlook. If Microsoft wants to stay walled garden and proprietary and won't support the world standard in synch technology than I will not be buying another version of Outlook. I will find someone else's software to buy.
Unless they've changed it within the last 2 weeks, no you can't. It will say from "@outlook" on behalf of "@gmail".
FYI I just tested this to ensure it hadn't been silently updated behind the scenes.
When you send a message, if you look at the message itself it will say:
From: Tony S. <****@gmail.com>
That's not the behavior most people expect when looking to manage multiple accounts in one place.
Board stripped out the text... I'll try again:
From: Tony S. (****@gmail.com)
If you liked Hotmail, you're not going to like gmail more than outlook. I spent years trying to get my father onto gmail, he always hated it and stuck with hotmail, he's not a fan of the outlook changes but still prefers them over gmail.
as for only seeing 19 emails per page?? I see 27 emails currently in my outlook.com inbox before scrolling and get 35 emails per page, ( wish it was 100, but haven't found a setting yet)
with gMails new policy I am actually at this site today looking for ways to move my PAID FOR email addresses to a paid for Outlook.com solution without the loss of archive searching
This isn't a case of MS ignoring Google
This is a Case of Google saying screw you to users who don't use Android, or iOS.
if you want Windows Phone 8 or BlackBerry, or you want a desktop email client you must use Googles software no 3rd party softwares
I pay for a Google apps account, for my domain email address.
with this change I am waiting for Google to force the change on paid for users, they already decreased their usability in recent years with BlackBerry users. so I am actively looking to outlook or office365
What I want is my address to be
email@example.com I don't want some forwarding address that is A1 priority
Second I want to have syncing with a BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows8 device possible, I don't currently use Android and don't see using one in the near future.
Calendar sharing is ideal, public and private
contact syncing across devices would be nice as well
is Outlook.com my answer? or is office365?
can either fill my needs?
lastly I'd like a tool to export the 7GB or so of emails from my google apps account TO my outlook/office365 account. does that exist?
Will this cause any issues with the forthcoming releases of System Center SP1 and Windows Intune? How is Windows Intune supporting management for Android? EAS?
Love the title of the post, a nice subtle jab.
I think you guys should work on making it dead easy to switch to outlook.com for gmail users (it's pretty much there as it is) and go big on getting awareness about it.
Play google at their own game for a bit.
I should have some kind of mental disorder or something. Learn first before you post.
Correcting: I = You.