Google will begin to phase out its Sync service for consumers and discontinue several other services in early January. The shuttering of the services, described as winter cleaning by the company, was announced in a post on its official blog. Google Sync allows access to mail, calendar and contacts via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Google said it will continue to offer the same functionality through the IMAP and CardDAV protocols.
Consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Sync from Jan. 30, but existing Sync connections will continue to function. But, Google said Sync will continue to be supported for users of its Apps for Business, Government and Education platform. Google Calendar Sync will be shut down Friday and Google Sync for Nokia S60 will end on Jan. 30. For Google Calendar users, the company is also phasing out appointment slots and two Calendar Labs projects: smart rescheduler and "add gadget by URL." U.S.-only features that allow calendar checking and scheduling via SMS will also be discontinued as of Friday.