Following, Google's last week announcement of dropping support for Exchange ActiveSync in Gmail, starting in January of 2013, Microsoft not only was surprised with this move on Google's part, however, the Redmond company also offering a means to migrate to its modern Outlook.com cloud email service.
The end to Exchange ActiveSync is a major blow to Windows Phone users who require Google Sync to be able to sync their Gmail accounts.
"(W)e 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," the company stated adding, "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," the company added.
To help those who want to make a move, Microsoft says to get started with Outlook.com, just follow these simple steps:
- Sign up for a new Outlook.com account.If you already have a Hotmail address or other Microsoft account, you can upgrade to Outlook.com without changing your email address. Just sign in to Hotmail, click Options, and then click Upgrade to Outlook.com.
- Tell Gmail to forward your mail to Outlook.com as it arrives.You can also keep a copy in your Gmail inbox if you want to.
- Link your Gmail contacts to Outlook.(Optional)
To learn more about setting up Outlook.com on your mobile device, see our simple instructions here.