Hotmail Now Has Push E-Mail, Contacts, Calendar Synchronization

September 1, 2010 at 18:30 | Posted in News | 2 Comments
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On August 30th Microsoft released its long-awaited push synchronization for Live Hotmail. Based on Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) technology, you can now fully synchronise your Hotmail messages; contacts; and calendars from a supported device.

Connection settings are available here I would also encourage you to read the link to Known Issues.

I have been using it on my iPod Touch running iOS 4.0 and it works perfectly :-)

UPDATE: Hotmail uses EAS 2.5, you can see the features this offers on popular EAS capable SmartPhones platforms here.

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  1. It appears that HTML e-mail is only possible via iPhone and will be available on Windows Phone 7. The farting brain trust behind Windows Live Hotmail’s Exchange ActiveSync implementation decided only to use the Exchange ActiveSync 2.5 (Exchange Server 2003 SP2) protocol because they feel that’s the protocol that “most” devices with Exchange ActiveSync clients use. What doesn’t make since is how Gmail was been able to provide a more robust use of Exchange ActiveSync AT LAUNCH of a protocol that it neither owns nor develops. For most non-iOS and WP7, you will not be able to receive “native” HTML email at delivery on your device. This is because EAS 2.5 only supports plain text email sync. They could’ve also implemented Exchange ActiveSync 12.0, which does allow for HTML email. Somehow, iOS’s developers have programmed their EAS client such that it represents faithful HTML email for Hotmail. Overall, though, this is Windows Live’s crow to eat, and reflects their continued fall in innovation for providing features that rival those of rising, more aggressive, lithe competitors, especially Gmail, which hasn’t had to make many changes in it’s implementation of EAS, as it supports a larger grade of functionality already.

  2. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a
    completely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!


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