EDIT: I tested it for a day now and up to this point, email works great. I
got a contact to sync from my phone to my online address book as well. It did
however take almost a day for it to appear online. Also, a calendar entry made
on my phone synced in under a minute to the online calendar. The other way
around, a calendar entry made online synced to my phone in about two minutes.
Yesterday (August 30) Microsoft released a new functionality for Windows Live
Hotmail that many have been waiting for for some time: Exchange capabilities.
If you want to skip all the background stuff, you may now head down the the
bolded section titled "Now let’s get started…".
This year Microsoft has released a lot of new functionality for Hotmail that
has really changed its quality. With GMail being arguably the best web-based
email service, Hotmail has a lot of catching up to do. Thankfully, the first
thing Hotmail started with was allowing pop3 access for free. The next step to
compete with GMail was obviously free IMAP, which GMail released two years ago
I believe. Instead though, Microsoft gives us exchange for Hotmail. How cool is
What’s significant about exchange versus IMAP you ask? Well, exchange allows
for the synchronization of more than just mail, unlike IMAP. With exchange you
can sync your mail, your calendar, and your contacts. Not only does it
synchronize your mail though, it utilizes something called "push mail". This
means your phone doesn’t check for updates ever five, ten,, or thirty minutes;
rather, the mail is "pushed" to your email client allowing for instantaneous
delivery. Cool, yeah?
One thing before doing this though.
Microsoft has not officially said that this works with Android. Many people
have reported that it mostly works though. According to Microsoft, "Hotmail
team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after
testing is completed."