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'Winter Cleaning'

In Dec. 2012, Google announced it was dropping support for Exchange ActiveSync in a move that it called "Winter Cleaning." While Apple iPhone users could still connect their Gmail to their phone through Apple's auto-setup for Google function, it posed a problem for Windows phones that didn't have that feature.

At the time, Google expressed no interest in creating apps for Windows phones to connect Gmail accounts, and instead did just the opposite.

Support was scheduled to end July 31 of this year, but Google announced in August it would extend support through Dec. 31, 2013.

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