We’ve known Windows Live Hotmail was due to receive an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) update for months.
Today, it’s arrived.
The new Exchange service supports Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7, and the Apple iPhone. Android support is not yet official, but it may work with your Android-powered device, so give it a try (Android 2.1 is not supported yet; Microsoft will release a list of tested Android phones soon).
Here are the general settings for configuring your device for Exchange ActiveSync Windows Live Hotmail:
Server / URL: m.hotmail.com
Username: Full email address, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org
Domain: Leave this blank
SSL: Enable this
Certificate:Accept the SSL certificate when prompted
You can find a detailed set of configuration settings instructions for devices here.
Source: Windows Team Blog
When Microsoft’s updated Windows Live Hotmail begins to roll out this summer, smartphone users will discover a useful new addition to the service: push support.
Powered by Exchange ActiveSync, the new Live Hotmail will allow smartphone (Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Android, iPhone, etc.) users to receive new email over the air in real time. Live Hotmail Contacts and Live Calendar entries will also be available via the push service, and you’ll be able to set your device to sync all three categories of data, or pick and choose. New email will instantly be pushed to any phone supporting Exchange, and changes made to your calendar and/or contacts via a phone will be mirrored to your web account (and vice versa).
These features are nothing new – Google has been offering the same Exchange-powered service for Gmail and Google Calendar for some time. Smartphone users who depend on push-based services on their smartphones may now find Live Hotmail a viable alternative to Gmail and other similar services.
There’s no firm date on when we might expect to see the Exchange-enhanced Hotmail service go live, but Paul Thurrott reports that the rollout will begin as soon as June 15.
To find out more about the New Windows Live Hotmail service, check out the video after the jump:
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One of the only true Gmail disappointments over the years has been the service’s lack of Push support for most mobile devices. Push, the ability to have new email notifications and content pushed to a device in real time, has long been the preferred method of email delivery for mobile users.
For several years we’ve been hoping Google would come and save us from our email-checking doldrums, but month after month, our call went unanswered…
On this glorious Wednesday, we are very happy to report that Gmail disappointment has been vanquished. Today is our check-for-new-mail-every-five-minutes Independence Day. Today we put away the Prozac because… Push Gmail is now a reality!
Users of Windows Mobile Smartphones or the iPhone (running OS 3.0+) can now setup their devices for Push Gmail support. The service requires Exchange, which both handset types support.
For details on how to set up your Windows Mobile Smartphone with Push Gmail, click here.