Back in December, there was a huge uproar in the Windows Phone community when Google announced that it would be dropping support for Exchange ActiveSync. This meant that users who would purchase a Windows Phone after the January 31st deadline, would no longer be able to sync their Gmail accounts (and other related services) with their Windows Phone. However, Microsoft was able to buy an extension to the deadline till summer, promising to bring a fix to this problem.
Now Microsoft has confirmed that it would be bringing CalDAV and CardDAV to Windows Phone in the first half of this year, which will fix this problem once and for all. In an interview an with Heise at CEBIT, a product manager for Microsoft confirmed that the update will indeed be pushed out before the deadline so that new Windows users may not lose Gmail services when Google drops support for Exchange ActiveSync on 31st July. Existing users won’t be affected by the drop for support anyhow.
With rumors of a GDR2 update in the works (it’s already on Navifirm), we think Microsoft might bring CalDAV and CardDAV support for Windows Phone in the same update. The update is said to bring fix to Other storage problem and support for these standards would be an icing on the cake. We just hope Microsoft isn’t late in getting this one to the public.