Google Sync for Gmail, Punchd and Other Services Discontinued

Technology offers a way to make a big impact on the world. Strarting in January 2013, Google will end some products, features and services. The sync service powered by Exchange ActiveSync will no longer be available for Gmail users and for free Google Apps users (discontinued on Dec 6, 2012), but the existing connections will […]

Technology offers a way to make a big impact on the world. Strarting in January 2013, Google will end some products, features and services. The sync service powered by Exchange ActiveSync will no longer be available for Gmail users and for free Google Apps users (discontinued on Dec 6, 2012), but the existing connections will continue to work.

"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," informs Google.

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.

In addition to Google Sync, Google is also 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," google added.

Other services that Google is closing down include:

  • On January 4, 2013, Google will be shutting down several less popular Google Calendar features such as:
    • 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, two Calendar Labs will also discontinue--Smart Rescheduler (we recommend Find a time view or Suggested times as alternatives) and Add gadget by URL.
    • Finally, Check your calendar via sms and 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.
  • Issue Tracker Data API that allows client applications to view and update issues on Project Hosting on Google Code in the form of Google Data API feeds --will shut down on June 14, 2013.
  • Punchd Android and iOS apps that keeps loyalty punch cards on a smartphone -- will discontinue on June 7, 2013. "With the closer of Punchd, merchants will no longer honor Punchd loyalty cards. Users can continue to earn punches and redeem rewards at participating businesses until June 7, 2013," google adds.

Update: Google Apps, Apps for Business, Government and Education today allowed "users using the new compose experience in Gmail with the ability to insert files up to 10GB from Drive directly into an email."

Gmail will automatically check that recipients have access to any files being sent.

Additionally, Google Apps administrators now have the ability to programmatically migrate emails into Google Groups using the new Groups Migration API.

"This API allows developers the ability to build tools that can move shared emails from any data source (typically shared mailboxes, public folders and discussion databases) to their domain's Google Groups discussion archives," informs Google.

Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange (GAMME) 3.0 is now available for download.

GAMME v3.0 offer the following improvements:

  • Calendar migration for resources
    Migrate calendar resources like meeting rooms from Exchange to Google Apps.
  • Public folder migration
    Migrate public folders in Exchange to Google Groups using the command line.
  • New in-product help
    Click on a question mark in the product to get helpful tips on using the tool