Coming soon to Hotmail, push email for mobile phones via ActiveSync

Microsoft is planning to introduce Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Mobile devices and Android.

Microsoft will introduce the support using Exchange ActiveSync, available on nearly 300 million phones. With push email you will be able to sychronize email between your phone and the web, and also synchronize calendar and contacts.

Targeting Gmail

Microsoft has traditionally used a closed door approach for access to Hotmail compared to offerings from its rivals. Google offers Exchange ActiveSync support with its Gmail service and Microsoft is aiming to ensure Hotmail offers everything gmail does and more. The new Hotmail will also include a single contact list of all online contacts including those from services like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. Microsoft is also introducing Active Views to integrate the content and functionality of other websites directly into emails that users receive. If a contact sends you an email with a link to a YouTube video or a Flickr photo album, you will be able to view the video or photo slide show within the email itself.

Security improvements

Microsoft is also planning to improve the security features of Hotmail. The new Hotmail introduces increased security in the form of "account proofs". Proofs allow users to recover access to their Hotmail account using mobile phones or PCs as proof of account ownership. Similar to the secret security questions, users will be able to send an account recapture code via an SMS message or regain access to their Hotmail accounts by using a computer that is registered with Hotmail. Microsoft also plans to introduce single use codes. The codes will be available for when you sign into Hotmail from public computers. By using a code you will not have to enter your password to access Hotmail, preventing it being stolen by key loggers that could be installed on the machine. A one time code will be sent to users via an alternative email or mobile phone.

Push email support will be introduced with Windows Live Wave 4 in June.

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The only reason i got a Gmail account was because Hotmail only has POP for mobile device devices. When this update is released I will be switching back to my Live email completely.

Wow, about time. I would have thought this was already available via ActiveSync; especially being Hotmail = Microsoft, right?

Hotmail is slowly creeping into the year 2010. Push email is a big step forward, but what the hell is their holdup with IMAP? IMAP was the reason I finally left Hotmail for Gmail after over a decade. POP3 only is ridiculous.

chaos_disorder said,
Hotmail is slowly creeping into the year 2010. Push email is a big step forward, but what the hell is their holdup with IMAP? IMAP was the reason I finally left Hotmail for Gmail after over a decade. POP3 only is ridiculous.

IMAP does not sync contacts while AS does. Would rather they impliment this than an incomplete solution

Thats cool that they added ActiveSync technologies to Hotmail to include the other non-Microsoft smartphones. GMail added the same thing last year. The only bum deal for me is that my iPhone only supports 1 ActiveSync connection and that is connected to my company's Exchange server. Hopefully iPhone OS 4 will support more than one.... I'm not holding my breath.

Shadrack said,
Thats cool that they added ActiveSync technologies to Hotmail to include the other non-Microsoft smartphones. GMail added the same thing last year. The only bum deal for me is that my iPhone only supports 1 ActiveSync connection and that is connected to my company's Exchange server. Hopefully iPhone OS 4 will support more than one.... I'm not holding my breath.

In case you wer eholding your breath you can stop now - iPhone 4 *does* support more than 1 account as far as I'm aware.

Push eMail + Cal + Contacts seems interesting.
I wonder if Apple will now react with Mobile Me, since now both Google and Microsoft will offer similar features for free...

The new security features is well thought.

NienorGT said,
Push eMail + Cal + Contacts seems interesting.
I wonder if Apple will now react with Mobile Me, since now both Google and Microsoft will offer similar features for free...

The new security features is well thought.


MobileMe still has one extra thing that, for me, warrants the $99 a year: Find My iPhone. One of the best insurance policies I could have (and I sure something that Gray Powell wishes had been working on his iPhone OS 4 device ).

Elliott said,

MobileMe still has one extra thing that, for me, warrants the $99 a year: Find My iPhone. One of the best insurance policies I could have (and I sure something that Gray Powell wishes had been working on his iPhone OS 4 device ).

Yeah, its a nice feature. You know know that it costs $0 on Windows Mobile, right?

Elliott said,

MobileMe still has one extra thing that, for me, warrants the $99 a year: Find My iPhone. One of the best insurance policies I could have (and I sure something that Gray Powell wishes had been working on his iPhone OS 4 device ).

You can get it for ~$50 if you buy an activation card through Amazon or whatever. But yeah, MobileMe should be for free if you buy any Apple product IMHO.

@Elliott - True, MobileMe has that "find my iPhone" and "find my iPad" feature... but that feature seems tacked on to me. The "find your.." whatever feature should be part of the service plan through your provider or whatever. IDK, it just seems out of place with the other features of MobileMe. They should offer a free version of MobileMe for iPhone users and then a premium version that has iDisk or something.

Great news! Since getting an Android phone was thinking I'd have to switch my main email to Gmail but been reluctant due to prior experience (high number of false positive spam messages; meaning you have to check the spam folder which is very inconvenient when the gmail system itself seems to attract hundreds of spam emails a day! - have my own domain, when used gmail for it received 100s of spam a day, switched it over to Hotmail (exact same domain) and less than 1 a day!!!

Andrijan Apostoloski said,
Gmail is better. I use hotmail, only for Windows Live Messenger.

That's all you have to say??? Can't come up with something better? I like this over that or that over this but if I don't have something constructive to say, I don't comment. How about you state your reasons/opinions for Gmail being a better option.

Microsoft is planning to introduce Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Mobile devices and Android.

Windows Mobile has had push-based hotmail for over 3 years now.

/- Razorfold said,

Windows Mobile has had push-based hotmail for over 3 years now.

Well said!

Edited by jamiet, Apr 29 2010, 12:32pm :

/- Razorfold said,

Windows Mobile has had push-based hotmail for over 3 years now.


No it hasn't. Not every Windows Mobile device has the Windows Live cab installed and also this is true push email.

Tom W said,

No it hasn't. Not every Windows Mobile device has the Windows Live cab installed and also this is true push email.

So get the application then, not to mention almost all new WinMo phones come with it installed? And what exactly is true push email? When I get an email in my inbox, my digsby informs me, and at the very same time my phones beeps to tell me a new email has arrived. And guess what? I can view it on my phone the very same instant.

Tom W said,

No it hasn't. Not every Windows Mobile device has the Windows Live cab installed and also this is true push email.

Nevertheless its been*available* for Windows Mobile thus I think Razorfold's comment is correct.

Tom, can you clarify the difference between Push Email and what is currently available on Windows Mobile using deltasync?

Edited by jamiet, Apr 29 2010, 12:14pm :

jamiet said,

Nevertheless its been*available* for Windows Mobile thus I think Razorfold's comment is correct.

Tom, can you clarify the difference between Push Email and what is currently available on Windows Mobile using deltasync?


I haven't used Windows Mobile for some time but if I remember correctly the calendar doesn't sync with the Windows Mobile device for example.

/- Razorfold said,

So get the application then, not to mention almost all new WinMo phones come with it installed? And what exactly is true push email? When I get an email in my inbox, my digsby informs me, and at the very same time my phones beeps to tell me a new email has arrived. And guess what? I can view it on my phone the very same instant.


This is true push mail, calendar and contacts so everything is in sync.

Tom W said,

I haven't used Windows Mobile for some time but if I remember correctly the calendar doesn't sync with the Windows Mobile device for example.

Very true. I was thinking of email only, forgot that ActiveSync covers more than just email. And this from someone that has been bemoaning the lack of Live Calendar sync for years.

So yeah, agreed, ActiveSync inclusion is a major step forward.

Edited by jamiet, Apr 29 2010, 12:40pm :

Tom W said,

This is true push mail, calendar and contacts so everything is in sync.

Ah good point, contacts syncing has been supported for a while but not calendar.

I want IMAP for my Hotmail Account
But this is a good step forward. Also, having POP3 makes a huge difference already...

If it wasn't for hotmail's absolutely atricious spam filter, I would actually consider using it as a somewhat serious email account...

Julius Caro said,
If it wasn't for hotmail's absolutely atricious spam filter, I would actually consider using it as a somewhat serious email account...

Are you basing that on any knowledge/experience or are you just another troll that believes whatever crap your troll brethren spout? I received 6 spam emails yesterday and all of them went straight into my Hotmail junk folder. I can't remember when I last had spam in my Hotmail inbox - it doesn't happen anymore.

jamiet said,

Are you basing that on any knowledge/experience or are you just another troll that believes whatever crap your troll brethren spout? I received 6 spam emails yesterday and all of them went straight into my Hotmail junk folder. I can't remember when I last had spam in my Hotmail inbox - it doesn't happen anymore.

I've been using a Live Mail account as my primary acount for 5 years now and even I have noticed an influx in spam recently. Whether my email is just listed in places it shouldnt be, I dont know, but I seem to get a stupid amount of inappropriate emails which would probably be filtered out elsewhere.
These new security implements will be very welcome here though, very handy indeed.

Jordan Wharmsby said,

I've been using a Live Mail account as my primary acount for 5 years now and even I have noticed an influx in spam recently. Whether my email is just listed in places it shouldnt be, I dont know, but I seem to get a stupid amount of inappropriate emails which would probably be filtered out elsewhere.
These new security implements will be very welcome here though, very handy indeed.

I've had my hotmail account for nearly 10 years and yahoo account for 6. (use them for specific purposes). To me it seems cyclical. Sometimes hotmail will be bombarded with spam and then die down, then yahoo... the gmail etc etc.

With that said, my Hotmail and Yahoo accounts do a very good job sort it to junk. I get a false positve once in a while and even more rarely a false negative.

Regarding the security measure for hotmail.. i think it's welcomed. good job ms.

Julius Caro said,
If it wasn't for hotmail's absolutely atricious spam filter, I would actually consider using it as a somewhat serious email account...

I agree with Julius. Right now I got 80 mails in junk folder, moved there automatically by hotmail, and 80 spam messages in my inbox, even when I have the Standard filtering enabled. It has always been the same throughout the years.

jamiet said,

Are you basing that on any knowledge/experience or are you just another troll that believes whatever crap your troll brethren spout? I received 6 spam emails yesterday and all of them went straight into my Hotmail junk folder. I can't remember when I last had spam in my Hotmail inbox - it doesn't happen anymore.

I got one today in my inbox. I laugh at them. This one was one of the emails saying I need to change my password for my RBC account. Funny seeing how I don't have an RBC account. It was the first time in at least a year, if not a lot longer. I did notice that as soon as I cancelled my Hotmail Plus account, my junk mail folder went from maybe 1-2/week to 5-15/week. It started the exact day I cancelled. At least they do go to my junk mail folder though.

njn007 said,
Yay!

Man Tom must be busy... pushing 3 articles out within an hour! +1 to him!


Lol I wish I could write that fast, our articles are queued up ready to go for publishing later etc.

njn007 said,
Yay!

Man Tom must be busy... pushing 3 articles out within an hour! +1 to him!

dont let him lie, hes locked in a basement and gets one piece of bread for each story he writes

dogmai said,
Yay, this all looks really good. I like and guess I really have to say... finally!

Maybe they should update Windows Mobile Device Center so it functions with 64bit Office 2010.

nekrosoft13 said,

Maybe they should update Windows Mobile Device Center so it functions with 64bit Office 2010.


Does the current 64-bit WMDC/Driver not work? If not I'm sure it will by RTM.

cybertimber2008 said,

Does the current 64-bit WMDC/Driver not work? If not I'm sure it will by RTM.

no the RTM doesn't support it either (off of technet) in fact they still recommend using the 32 bit version for sync.