Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync for push mail due next Monday

Microsoft is planning to enable Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Phone devices and Android next Monday.

Microsoft is introducing the support using Exchange ActiveSync, available on nearly 300 million phones. With push email you can sychronize email between your phone and the web, and also synchronize calendar and contacts. Microsoft originally revealed its plans back in April this year. The service will only work on mobile phones and not on desktop email clients.

Microsoft revealed the launch date for the service to CNET News.com in an interview earlier this week. Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta told CNET that Exchange ActiveSync, which will let Hotmail users get push e-mail on cell phones and other devices, will become available on Monday August 30.

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 also includes a single contact list of all online contacts including those from services like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. Microsoft has also introduced 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.

Microsoft has been slowly introducing support for ActiveSync over the past month. In a message to some users attempting to access the service, the software giant explained they have had capacity issues. "To get Hotmail on-the-go, you recently tried to set up a service called ActiveSync from your mobile device. We are really glad that you're interested, but we had so many sign-ups that we had to temporarily stop accepting new ones."

Once the service is enabled on Monday you can select the Exchange option from your mobile and point the server address to m.hotmail.com

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Ah! C'mon! Being able to sync my tasks will bring new life to my Touch Pro 2. Right now I'm forced to use Skyfire to access my calendar.

Andrew Lyle said,
Almost at the IMAP phase we need Hotmail to be at... we are getting closer and closer.
I thought Exchange was better than IMAP?

It's good to see MS catching up to gmail. How ironic that they are behind gmail in terms of MS technologies. Lol. Nice to see more push options available.

As said before its a shame other providers have to poke Microsoft to follow suit. ActiveSync is written by Microsoft after-all. I guess they really didn't want people using push technology on free products. Exchange is possibly their biggest piece of software after Windows.

Right now I still prefer the GMail interface (Google Apps Standard Account). I also get to use my own domain name. Hotmail looks nicer but feels a little bloated.

Mmm I'm wondering if there will be a new messenger update version for iPhone getting out on Monday ? You guys at Neowin could verify that out no?

So when I'll read an email on my iPhone, will it mark it as read on the server ?

If so, why don't they enable this for desktop mail clients first >_<

It's SO annoying to see "150 new emails" in the icon on the iPhone. I always read all of them, but some on my Mac, and some on the iPhone.

It's about time they are very late. Also they need to verify why sometime we try to receive and send email and neither us or the other person does not receive the email is it a congestion problem?

As far as EAS go they are really gonna compete let's hope it will also permit us to sync our phone contacts and not only live contacts.And I'm also wondering if photos that were with those contacts on iPhone will sync.

Let see what they have done lately...

Can't wait The one annoyance on my phone is how I can control my Gmail (IMAP), work email (Exchange), but I have to delete my Hotmail email on phone and server.

How does this work? I have a HTC Desire and right now I have Hotmail, Yahoo!, GMail as well as my Exchange account set up on my phone.

Scirwode

Scirwode said,
How does this work? I have a HTC Desire and right now I have Hotmail, Yahoo!, GMail as well as my Exchange account set up on my phone.

Scirwode


You set Hotmail up as an Exchange account.

8inch said,
What about the full session ssl they promised?

I am looking forward to that as well... A very important feature IMO and makes me wonder if they have forgotten about it.

psreloaded said,

I am looking forward to that as well... A very important feature IMO and makes me wonder if they have forgotten about it.


It's due in September as far as I know. It may have been pushed back though.

I was wondering if this will also work for outlook? I was able to get EAS working on my phone for a bit, but it never could connect through outlook.

/- Razorfold said,
I was wondering if this will also work for outlook? I was able to get EAS working on my phone for a bit, but it never could connect through outlook.

It's mobile only...

Tom W said,

It's mobile only...

That's what I figured, just assumed it would work. Kindoff stupid though, why not get rid of the outlook connector and just use exchange.

/- Razorfold said,
I was wondering if this will also work for outlook? I was able to get EAS working on my phone for a bit, but it never could connect through outlook.

Why don't you use Outlook Connector?

Crussader said,
Why don't you use Outlook Connector?

I know I can just use that, but I was just wondering if they were getting rid of it and just using Exchange. Plus it does kindoff suck if you're trying to sync folders (ie you changed emails).

/- Razorfold said,
I was wondering if this will also work for outlook? I was able to get EAS working on my phone for a bit, but it never could connect through outlook.

Clue is in the name. Outlook, or indeed all desktop clients, can't use Exchange over ActiveSync.

/- Razorfold said,

That's what I figured, just assumed it would work. Kindoff stupid though, why not get rid of the outlook connector and just use exchange.

But then MS would have to pay their own ridiculous license fees for exchange access . Actually it is probably related to the fact that if hotmail supports full outlook<->exchange connectivity, many businesses would just use that and not buy their own exchange server.

Shadrack said,

But then MS would have to pay their own ridiculous license fees for exchange access . Actually it is probably related to the fact that if hotmail supports full outlook<->exchange connectivity, many businesses would just use that and not buy their own exchange server.

Oh yeh good point lol. They can simply just add their domain to live domains and get a **** ton of free mail addresses with exchange access (I think it starts at 500 inboxes but you can add a lot more for free if you contact them)

sounds like MS is getting ready for the Windows 7 phone, good stuff. I personally will stay with my iPhone as i prefer this, however it's nice be able to add my hotmail account and have it push email.

Tommy Vercetti said,
Sound's great!

I thought this was already enabled? I've had it working on all three of my live accounts since a couple weeks ago???

Username: e-mail address
Password:
Server: http://m.hotmail.com/

Axel said,

I thought this was already enabled? I've had it working on all three of my live accounts since a couple weeks ago???

Username: e-mail address
Password:
Server: http://m.hotmail.com/

I can't get that to work. What is your email and password?

Examinus said,

I can't get that to work. What is your email and password?

It's.... wait a minute - I'm not falling for that!

Axel said,

I thought this was already enabled? I've had it working on all three of my live accounts since a couple weeks ago???

Username: e-mail address
Password:
Server: http://m.hotmail.com/

It was enabled a few weeks ago, but then they closed it due to the large amount of people signing up to it with the email:

"Hello xxxxxxxxxxx,

To get Hotmail on-the-go, you recently tried to set up a service called ActiveSync from your mobile device.

We are really glad that you're interested, but we had so many sign-ups that we had to temporarily stop accepting new ones.

We're making constant improvements and we should be accepting new requests fairly soon. Please check the following website in about two weeks to see what's happening: http://www.hotmail.com.

Thanks again for using Hotmail--we're really sorry about this delay.

Sincerely,
The Hotmail Team"

dave164 said,

It was enabled a few weeks ago, but then they closed it due to the large amount of people signing up to it with the email:

Interesting. I must have been lucky since mine are all still working.

Axel said,

Interesting. I must have been lucky since mine are all still working.

Did you try those settings during the initial phase of trials? These people have their ActiveSync working for them already.

dave164 said,

It was enabled a few weeks ago, but then they closed it due to the large amount of people signing up to it with the email:

"Hello xxxxxxxxxxx,

To get Hotmail on-the-go, you recently tried to set up a service called ActiveSync from your mobile device...

Indeed this email was sent out to those who attempted to setup their email account to use the EAS protocol.

However, the service has since been enabled from sometime last Saturday. I've been able to setup three new accounts since, and the account from which I also received the email is also enabled at this time.

I'm guessing the announcement on Monday is just a formalty.

Tola1005 said,
However, the service has since been enabled from sometime last Saturday. I've been able to setup three new accounts since, and the account from which I also received the email is also enabled at this time.

I'm guessing the announcement on Monday is just a formalty.

Lucky, I am still unable to set up an account. Likely they're bringing them online a cluster at a time.