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17 December 2012, 15:48

Google discontinues calendar sync services

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In a blog post, Google has announced that it will discontinue various calendar and contact synchronisation services for desktop clients and mobile devices. Among the affected services are Google Sync, Google Calendar Sync, Google Sync for Nokia S60 and SyncML. For users who want to continue to synchronise this data, Google recommends switching to IMAP and CalDAV as well as the open source CardDAV protocol, most of which are supported by popular clients.

Google Sync for Nokia S60 and SyncML are to be fully discontinued on 30 January 2013. According to Google, Outlook users who sync their Google calendars with Google Calendar Sync can continue to use the service if they already have the software installed. However, the synchronisation software can no longer be added to new installations because Google removed the download link on Thursday, 14 December. Outlook users can also sync their calendars via iCal.

Only those who use Google's free services are affected by Google's "winter cleaning". The components in question can still be installed without restrictions by users who subscribe to the commercial Google Apps for Business.


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