More Google Frustrations

Following the well publicised announcement of the demise of Google Reader, another annoyance related to Google has changed today.

At least, that’s who Microsoft are blaming

I use Google Calendar a lot.  I love the way it synchronises my calendars (I have several including my personal calendar and a calendar shared with my partner) across all my devices I use, my tablet, my phone (both are Android) and my PC’s at home and work.  For me, portability of my calendar is essential!

My home PCs are on Windows 8, and I was using the Modern UI Calendar app to view my calendar.

Today there was an update to Mail and Calendar in Windows 8, and the Google Calendar synchronisation has gone, replaced with an error message:

“we can’t connect because Google no longer supports Exchange ActiveSync. Reconnect to get your emails and contacts using a different method. Cancel to save your email drafts and reconnect later.”

Having followed the instructions, email and contacts are working again (no doubt using IMAP behind-the-scenes) but my Calendar is gone – just the birthdays of my contacts remain…

However, there’s no mention in that error message of Calendar, just email and contacts – A bit of reading reveals that that because Google are stopping support for ActiveSync, the Windows 8 calendar no longer works and it’s apparent that Microsoft haven’t implemented alternative support instead (not really a surprise)

I’ve had a quick look on the Windows 8 store, and there’s not an obvious alternative ModernUI calendar app which will support Google Calendar sync so it’s back to the web-based calendar for me (until I find an equally functional alternative calendar system, ideally open source and which I can run on my own servers and have full control over)

Hopefully Microsoft will find a way to make this work, or there’s no way I could consider a Windows handset for my next phone, a shared calendar that syncs to all the devices both me and my partner use (which includes Windows 7 and 8 PC’s and Android phones), is an essential feature for me.