Update August 2010: Windows Live Hotmail is now also push-enabled with Exchange ActiveSync support. Read more…
Hotmail – or as it’s now called Windows Live Hotmail – has never worked with the iPhone. Users with @hotmail.com or @live.com email addresses could not configure the iPhone to check their email because Hotmail did not offer POP3 or IMAP support. If you had an iPhone and a Hotmail account, you’d have to use Safari to log into the webmail system and grab a nearby magnifying glass.
Happily, this is no longer the case! Microsoft has added POP3 support for Hotmail, meaning that iPhone users can now set their smartphones to work with Hotmail. Best of all, our test iPhone and iPhone 3G had no problem automatically downloading the configuration details (POP server, SMTP server, SSL settings etc.) when adding a Hotmail account in the iPhone’s Settings menu. There’s no Push support, sadly, but you can set the iPhone to fetch Hotmail every 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
If your iPhone doesn’t play nice when you attempt to add your Windows Live Hotmail account, here are the manual settings:
POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
POP SSL required? Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25)
Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
TLS/SSL required? Yes
While Google doesn’t yet support Push Gmail for the iPhone, a recent update to Google Sync now allows over-the-air Push syncing of contacts and calendar entries with the iPhone. This allows Google Calendar and Gmail users to keep their contacts and appointments at hand and up to date at all times.
Read our new How-To Article:
How To Sync iPhone Calendar & Contacts with Google
In October, we told you Adobe had been working on a version of Flash for the iPhone and was hoping Apple would approve it for distribution through the iTunes App Store. This software would, presumably, have allowed users to view Flash media in a standalone application and possibly Flash portions of web sites in Safari.
Well, it now appears Adobe’s Flash will come to the iPhone, possibly as part of an OS update rather than a user-selected download in the App Store.
AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is currently working with Adobe to bring Flash to the iPhone. Flash, which is available for PCs and many handhelds, would need to work with Safari in order to have real value for users, a functionality that would be questionable if the software were a separate download given Apple’s current third-party software guidelines. As part of an OS upgrade, however, Flash could work with Safari and other iPhone software.
"It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating," Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in an interview with Bloomberg. "The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver."
Many users (count us among them) have been clamoring for Flash support on the iPhone since its release in 2007.