Hotmail push mail, contacts & calendar now enabled with Exchange ActiveSync


Microsoft has enabled Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Phone devices and Android today.

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 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.

To enabled the service on your phone, simply select the Exchange option from your mobile and point the server address to m.hotmail.com

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Is there any way to set pictures for your contacts manually? I really hate that it only takes pictures from Facebook. When I receive a phone call, I want to immediately see who is calling me without having to read the name on my phone.

Does this not supported threaded e-mail? I seem to remember having threaded e-mail when using Windows Live for Windows Mobile...

maybe it's just me. after setting up activesync in my 3G, the battery drains so quick that I can see the percentage number go down like a stop watch! removing the account totally goes back to normal

koo9 said,
maybe it's just me. after setting up activesync in my 3G, the battery drains so quick that I can see the percentage number go down like a stop watch! removing the account totally goes back to normal

Turn off Push E-mail in the settings.

On my HTC Touch PRO2 I have an issue: If I create task from my mobile device (HTC Touch PRO2), it's sync with hotmail, but If I create a task from hotmail, it doesn't sync on mobile phone...

Have you the same problem????

For some reason it syncs all my folders perfectly apart from the inbox (where I've only got mail until 2006).

The Guardian said,
Ummm, Google has had push mail for quite some time now.

You just made my point thank you...But I guess you haven't use Exchange with Activesync huh? It also pushes update to calender and contacts I can easily manage them on my computer making complex calender events and it's automatically pushed to my Jack. Luv it!

Works great on the iPhone!
So marking an email as read on the iPhone also marks it as read on the server...

Is there any way I can do that with Mail.app in OS X?

PsykX said,
Works great on the iPhone!
So marking an email as read on the iPhone also marks it as read on the server...

Is there any way I can do that with Mail.app in OS X?


Not at the moment

Scirwode said,
Works fine on my HTC Desire running Android 2.2.

Scirwode

using which app?? the builtin? (accounts > add > Exchange ..?)

WOW! I am going to start off by saying I am totally impressed with the work that the Windows Live Team has done with Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Essentials. The team who was responsible for the updates to these services did an excellent job. They took the service to the next level where it should be. Thank you.

As far as the team who is responsible for Windows Live Mobile, I look upon you all with total disappointment. As usual, you all have dropped the ball again. The release of the Exchange Active sync has been a major slap in the face of current Windows Mobile Customers. We have waited years to receive Exchange Active sync for our phones, and the results are only the main calendar can be synced for our phones. Another issue, you can't view your emails in HTML format, which makes viewing emails useless. I would not be complaining about it, if you all were not showing favor to the iPhone and iTouch which in turn has the features of multi calendar sync and the viewing of HTML emails. I still ask the question WHY! If you all knew that Exchange Active sync was not going to allow multi calendar sync and the viewing of emails in HTML format, WHY did you all not try to find a way to add multi calendar sync with the current Windows Live Mobile Application? It is funny how we can get email in HTML format on Windows Live Application, but can't get it through Exchange Active sync. It has become quite clear that the free Exchange Active sync has become an excuse for the slackness and incompetence of the Windows Live Mobile team not being able to put together a descent sync system that allows current Windows Mobile customers to sync multi calendars and HTML email on its own Windows Live Phones. People who are paying for Exchange Server for mobile have to be getting HTML emails. Who would pay for a service where they can't view their email in HTML format? I know I wouldn't. Microsoft needs to stop embarrassing themselves and just give it up. There are no more excuses left to use and no more time to waste. They have lost the war when it comes to the mobile business. Looking at the Windows 7 phone is enough confirmation for me to believe that they will never be able to catch up to or past Apple, Google and others in the competition. I think they know it themselves, that is maybe why everything is being catered to the iPhone. For now, I will just go back to the Windows Live Mobile Application and my next phone will not be a Windows Mobile Phone.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Looking at the Windows 7 phone is enough confirmation for me to believe that they will never be able to catch up to or past Apple, Google and others in the competition. I think they know it themselves, that is maybe why everything is being catered to the iPhone. For now, I will just go back to the Windows Live Mobile Application and my next phone will not be a Windows Mobile Phone.

1st off, it's not Windows 7 Phone. That just makes you immediately sound like you know nothing about the whole subject. It's Windows Phone 7, a whole other OS separate from Windows 7. Microsoft is positioning themselves nicely. Where have you seen evidence that they're doomed to fail? The game never ends. There will always be demand for something new and all the big guys will be working on something for the future whether they fail or succeed. I sure hope your next phone isn't a Windows Mobile phone. Who wants to buy a phone that's old and outdated? Go with Windows Phone 7, Android or the iPhone.

JSYOUNG571 said,
WOW! I am going to start off by saying I am totally impressed with the work that the Windows Live Team has done with Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Essentials. The team who was responsible for the updates to these services did an excellent job. They took the service to the next level where it should be. Thank you.

As far as the team who is responsible for Windows Live Mobile, I look upon you all with total disappointment. As usual, you all have dropped the ball again. The release of the Exchange Active sync has been a major slap in the face of current Windows Mobile Customers. We have waited years to receive Exchange Active sync for our phones, and the results are only the main calendar can be synced for our phones. Another issue, you can't view your emails in HTML format, which makes viewing emails useless. I would not be complaining about it, if you all were not showing favor to the iPhone and iTouch which in turn has the features of multi calendar sync and the viewing of HTML emails. I still ask the question WHY! If you all knew that Exchange Active sync was not going to allow multi calendar sync and the viewing of emails in HTML format, WHY did you all not try to find a way to add multi calendar sync with the current Windows Live Mobile Application? It is funny how we can get email in HTML format on Windows Live Application, but can't get it through Exchange Active sync. It has become quite clear that the free Exchange Active sync has become an excuse for the slackness and incompetence of the Windows Live Mobile team not being able to put together a descent sync system that allows current Windows Mobile customers to sync multi calendars and HTML email on its own Windows Live Phones. People who are paying for Exchange Server for mobile have to be getting HTML emails. Who would pay for a service where they can't view their email in HTML format? I know I wouldn't. Microsoft needs to stop embarrassing themselves and just give it up. There are no more excuses left to use and no more time to waste. They have lost the war when it comes to the mobile business. Looking at the Windows 7 phone is enough confirmation for me to believe that they will never be able to catch up to or past Apple, Google and others in the competition. I think they know it themselves, that is maybe why everything is being catered to the iPhone. For now, I will just go back to the Windows Live Mobile Application and my next phone will not be a Windows Mobile Phone.


I love what they've done with the online services, but WLE 2011 could still use some work. Still better than WLE 2009.

Sawyer 99 said,
Dam. Android 2.1 isnt supported

Have a look at RoadSync or Touchdown, personally I use RoadSync for EAS and it gets around the issues with Android 2.1

Dang, can't edit - anyways. I can't seem to get my Contacts and Calendar to sync. Emails do just fine however (maybe cuz i'm using CyanogenMod 6.0.0 ?)

I was able to get it setup, however my mail won't sync with my phone. Granted I have alot of mail stored up there, but I am on wi-fi so AT&T's 3G connection shouldn't have anything to do with it. Their servers must be getting slammed. It's only downloaded a message here and a message there. Ah well.

Just change from google sync on my phone to the hotmail one. Importing the csv file via Live Mail missed out many fields so had to import via Outlook with connector. I can't set my own pictures for the contacts (I can on my phone and Outlook however they don't spread to Live Contacts.)

On my HTC Touch PRO2 I have an issue: If I create task from my mobile device (HTC Touch PRO2), it's sync with hotmail, but If I create a task from hotmail, it doesn't sync on mobile phone...

Stefano Bellisario said,
On my HTC Touch PRO2 I have an issue: If I create task from my mobile device (HTC Touch PRO2), it's sync with hotmail, but If I create a task from hotmail, it doesn't sync on mobile phone...

Strange, I have the same phone and it's working for me either way. Phone -> Windows Live or Windows Live -> Phone. My ActiveSync Schedule settings is set to "As Items Arrive".

So whats Yahoo!'s reason for not offering free exchange? I know you can get it if you pay for the premium mail, but at least give me a crippled version.

Einlander said,
So whats Yahoo!'s reason for not offering free exchange? I know you can get it if you pay for the premium mail, but at least give me a crippled version.

I could be wrong, but I believe that Yahoo mail on the iPhone is a true push version. I suppose they're still forcing other users to pay for the service, which is ridiculous.

Nice!..I wasnt using my Windows Mobile much to sync (except for MyPhone..which even helped today when i tested to remove the hotmail sync, which removed calendar and tasks!)

Time to enable basic 3g data plan for my phone..

bluefisch200 said,
Any way to use this solution with OS X Desktop (there must be a way to fake the OS or something like that)

I think you don't know what you're talking about.

Unless the app supports ActiveSync, it's not going to work.

On android go to Settings / Accounts & Sync / Add account / Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
and just type in all the info
URL - m.hotmail.com
Username - Enter full name with domain info, e.g. john@hotmail.com
SSL - Enabled
Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks - All can be enabled (if you want).

I'm on N1 w/ Froyo, it's successfully set up. Now I'm just testing, I sent myself an email using outlook and sure my phone picked that up almost instantly. After that i deleted that mail using my phone and after a minute delay that mail is also removed from outlook. Seems to be working.

InsaneNutter said,
With the settings you described i get "failed to create the account" as the error message.

HTC Desire running Android 2.2

me too, but read this:

Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term.
o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed.
 Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1.
 There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.

einsteinbqat said,
Does this work on a 3G iOS 3.1.3 version?

I would guess yes but I'm not running it. You're probably just still stuck to your one Exchange account only.

seems they are upgrading 1 cluster at a time. Mine works fine (153) but the wifes' doesn't (156) both on iPhone 4.

So anyone getting messages that the create failed and to try later and probably best waiting a while and trying again.

same....
im having the "cant create an account" error
and failed to connect to the exchange server.
any aditional settings needeD?

Are there any special settings on the android phones? I'm still getting an error...followed the instructions ...and still no go!

wickedef said,
Are there any special settings on the android phones? I'm still getting an error...followed the instructions ...and still no go!

fails for me too, desire, 2.2, eur unlocked.

but MS says:

Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term.
o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed.
 Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1.
 There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.

I'm a big Microsoft fan but they really dropped the ball on the Android support. Gmail is looking pretty good...Microsoft you are really disappointing people.

wickedef said,
I'm a big Microsoft fan but they really dropped the ball on the Android support. Gmail is looking pretty good...Microsoft you are really disappointing people.

Considering android is google and Microsoft is supporting google, I don't think it really is a ball drop. Plus Android is really new (a few years is fairly new IMO).

Chrono951 said,
According to the article, Andriod 2.1 is not supported at all and 2.2 is only semi-supported.

I just used RoadSync on my Desire running Android 2.1 to get around that issue

Can anyone confirm what size the contact images are when you sync them? I had used Gmail active sync with contacts in the past and it had shrunk down all my contact pics. The only fix was to go in and change them person by person. While I thought this was a gmail issue, their was a large contingency of people saying it was actually an Active Sync limitation. This seemed reasonable since Android phones, using proprietary syncing protocols, are able to sync the exact same contact pics without shrinking them.

I want to use contacting syncing but I don't want to flip the switch and have all my contact pics shrunk down.

0sm3l said,
I wish this was around before... I kind of switched to Gmail now lol

+1 LOL ) totally agreed.. shame though.. i used to use hotmail

lordcanti86 said,

Doesn't GMail also use EAS?

nope.. they use something similiar, but not the same..

i mean, they have (or will get soon) EAS, but well before EAS they system worked just as nicely as EAS without being actually that.

GetUsed2It said,

nope.. they use something similiar, but not the same..

i mean, they have (or will get soon) EAS, but well before EAS they system worked just as nicely as EAS without being actually that.

AFAIK Gmail does use EAS. They license it from Microsoft and offer it free to their customers. There were posts how Gmail is using Microsoft tech before Microsoft themselves!

SX86 said,
Works for me on my Motorola Milestone Running Android 2.1 !!

I can't get it to work on a Nexus 1 running Android 2.2. I get a 405 error code. Any tips?

al1uk said,

I can't get it to work on a Nexus 1 running Android 2.2. I get a 405 error code. Any tips?

"
Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term.
o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed.
 Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1.
 There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.
"

Email: Your full email address, no matter what it ends in (@hotmail @live etc.)
Server: m.hotmail.com
Domain: Leave blank
Username: Your full email address as above
Password: Your Hotmail/Live Mail account Password
Description: Up to you (Hotmail, Live, etc.)
Use SSL: ON

Singh400 said,
Nope, still doesn't work here. UK / Android 2.2 / Orange / HTC Desire.

Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term.
o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed.
 Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1.
 There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.

Singh400 said,
Nope, still doesn't work here. UK / Android 2.2 / Orange / HTC Desire.

Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term.
o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed.
 Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1.
 There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.

Singh400 said,
Nope, still doesn't work here. UK / Android 2.2 / Orange / HTC Desire.

Works for me and I'm on Android 2.1 using RoadSync

jakem1 said,
Does this work with Outlook 2010?

This is for mobile syncing. Outlook 2007 and 2010 has the Hotmail connectors to direct connect for livesync. When you enter your email address with a hotmail, msn, etc it will detect and if you don't have the Hotmail connector it will prompt you to install one.

mrmomoman said,

This is for mobile syncing. Outlook 2007 and 2010 has the Hotmail connectors to direct connect for livesync. When you enter your email address with a hotmail, msn, etc it will detect and if you don't have the Hotmail connector it will prompt you to install one.

Ah, that's a shame. Outlook 2010 can handle multiple exchange accounts so it's a shame to have to continue to rely on the Hotmail Connector.

Thanks anyway.