It's no secret that Google and Microsoft aren't seeing eye-to-eye at the moment. And recently, Google took their beef to a whole new level when they decided to withdraw their consumer support of Google Sync on January 30, 2013.

While it could be perceived that Google simply doesn't want to pay any licensing fees for the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) to Microsoft, the company is still keeping "Google Sync fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education." In case you're unfamiliar with the work of EAS, the feature provides push mail, as well as presenting the user of a iOS, Symbian and Windows Phone to synchronize calendars and contacts.

Now, consumers will need to possess either an iPhone or Android device to access the features that Google Sync presents, unless Windows can figure out a solution or resolution. They have 47 days and the clock starts now...  

[via CNET]