Hotmail is gradually switching on Exchange ActiveSync for push mail

Microsoft is gradually enabling Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Phone devices and Android.

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.

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.

The company says it is introducing the support for ActiveSync slowly. In a message to some users attempting to access the service, the software giant explains 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."

If you want to check to see if your account is enabled you can select the Exchange option from your mobile and point the server address to m.hotmail.com

Microsoft says it's making improvements to facilitate everyone in the deployment and that there will be further announcements in two weeks time.

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Ive been trying almost daily for weeks and still just get my password rejected (iPhone). I have a custom domain / email address that I use with Hotmail, will this be an issue does anybody know?

Im chomping at the bit to "migrate" from google apps now, but I cannot until ActiveSync works. I love the new Hotmail, and love Outlook 2010 with Outlook connector.... just need Activesync !

hi all, I'm responsible for protocols - including activesync - for hotmail.

we are doing our final tests of the new service and for the users (clever and passionate ones at that) who figured out our server name and used hotmail activesync when we did an earlier test, you now have access to the service! everyone else will get access in the next few weeks.

and the email you receive if you weren't in that group and try to access the service is part of the test and the content isn't accurate.

cheers,
ryan burkhardt, hotmail
@ryanburk

ryanburk said,
hi all, I'm responsible for protocols - including activesync - for hotmail.

we are doing our final tests of the new service and for the users (clever and passionate ones at that) who figured out our server name and used hotmail activesync when we did an earlier test, you now have access to the service! everyone else will get access in the next few weeks.

and the email you receive if you weren't in that group and try to access the service is part of the test and the content isn't accurate.

cheers,
ryan burkhardt, hotmail
@ryanburk


One post wonder?

ryanburk said,
I just haven't had much to add to the conversation before :-)
I tried a few weeks back (and got the wrong password prompt)....and just yesterday I got the email.....Anyways I can't wait to be able to use my hotmail without a 3rd party software on my iPhone!! I've been using hotmail since 97....crazy

Rudy said,
I tried a few weeks back (and got the wrong password prompt)....and just yesterday I got the email.....Anyways I can't wait to be able to use my hotmail without a 3rd party software on my iPhone!! I've been using hotmail since 97....crazy

lol I just checked and I signed up on March 12, 1996. I really love Microsoft products but I was eyeing Google because of the Exchange sync it has. This will definitely keep me with my ol' hotmail account. I just checked and am getting the password screen and got the email. Oh well, I guess I need to be patient.

I'm in! Now rocking ActiveSync on my HTC HD2.
A word for Windows Mobile users out there though - the email sync is not as good as what you get with Windows Live for Windows Mobile (WL4WM) - HTML emails don't appear properly when using ActiveSync
I advise you use ActiveSync for calendar and contacts, WL4WM for email.

-Jamie

jamiet said,
I'm in! Now rocking ActiveSync on my HTC HD2.
A word for Windows Mobile users out there though - the email sync is not as good as what you get with Windows Live for Windows Mobile (WL4WM) - HTML emails don't appear properly when using ActiveSync
I advise you use ActiveSync for calendar and contacts, WL4WM for email.

-Jamie

Works for me too... yay finally I can view my hotmail on my phone!

Quick question here. I have an iPhone and right now my account is set to POP3. Every time I receive and email and read it on my Mac, I also have to read it on my iPhone to make the message "read". It's not the case with the IMAP account of my email at school.

Will setting my hotmail account as an exchange account fix this ?

I'm tired of seeing on my iPhone that I have like 150 unread emails when it's not the case. The feature is clever (to display the number on the icon I mean), but it's not relevant at all with a POP3 account connected to multiple places. Right now, it's more annoying than anything.

Well I tried, but it keeps asking me for my password. I changed my username to the full email address, but still not good. Maybe that means it is not working with my account yet.

chorpeac said,
Well I tried, but it keeps asking me for my password. I changed my username to the full email address, but still not good. Maybe that means it is not working with my account yet.

Yeah, that's what it does when your account isn't activated for that yet.

Electric Jolt said,
Check your email, they probably emailed you why it didn't work, well they didn't but the system does automatically.

I've never received this email people are talking about now and I check it about once a week.

Electric Jolt said,
Check your email, they probably emailed you why it didn't work, well they didn't but the system does automatically.

Yeah that is the email I got. Thanks.

Awesome. I'm still stuck on gmail for the vastly superior spam filtering, but its nice to know Microsoft is making improvements with this sort of thing.

It's a shame it's taken Google to push MS in the right direction.

It's bloody good to see MS actually moving forward too.

Deihmos said,
Now I can get rid of this Gmail account. If only it worked on Webos but I will be getting an android device soon.

Why would you get rid of your gmail account? Gmail has supported Exchange ActiveSync for awhile now...

The new Hotmail also includes a single contact list of all online contacts including those from services like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.

Lovely. So in my iPod touch's address book, I'll see "Inception" and "AVATAR" as contacts.

I hope they'll consider removing fan pages from the list of Facebook contacts; it simply makes no sense. There's almost no contact information associated with most, if not all of them.

I completely agree, I also tried to change information on the Facebook contacts that went into my contacts and it wouldn't let me. I really wish I could merge Facebook contacts with my contacts and keep contact information on them that I put there and not require the Facebook user to put the contact information in.

rm20010 said,
Lovely. So in my iPod touch's address book, I'll see "Inception" and "AVATAR" as contacts.

What happens if you send Inception an email?

Any timeframe on completing the rollout? I've got such ****ty support for Hotmail on my Droid that I removed the account until I could use ActiveSync to access my Hotmail.

Sounds like Microsoft are making a big push with Hotmail at the minute. I don't doubt for a second though that this is to do with Windows Phone 7. Google integrates a lot of its services direct into Android, and I'm assuming that Microsoft want to go the same way with WP7, since it does work very well for Android.

... that said, if they want to keep up with Google, WHERE'S MY GODDAMN IMAP?!

Exchange push support has been available on Windows Mobile for a long time. I use Gmail's push service which emulates an Exchange server on my phone to sync emails/calandar/etc on my WM 6.5 phone...too bad Microsoft is only enabling it now for HoTMaiL.

zivan56 said,
Exchange push support has been available on Windows Mobile for a long time. I use Gmail's push service which emulates an Exchange server on my phone to sync emails/calandar/etc on my WM 6.5 phone...too bad Microsoft is only enabling it now for HoTMaiL.

Thats what I mean. Gmail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar all integrate well with Android, which allows me to keep a single set of contacts and appointments across all my devices. I'd put good money on the fact that the enabling of ActiveSync for Hotmail, and to a lesser extent the Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIn contact merge, is for integrated Windows Live services for WP7.

zivan56 said,
...too bad Microsoft is only enabling it now for HoTMaiL.

Wow. I haven't seen the "old school" capitalization of "HoTMaiL" in a long time.
It's just "Hotmail" now, but damn if that doesn't bring back memories.