iPhone Owners can now Get Their Hotmail Direct – 3rd Party no Longer Needed

It’s been a long time coming but finally you can grab email from your Hotmail account straight from Microsoft instead of haveing to pay a third party subscription for the service.

Microsoft has gloriously rolled out Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), which lets allows you to get push notifications on a variety of portable gadgets including the iPhone.

This all comes part of the Wave 4 release of Windows Live Hotmail. As well as your email you can also get your calendar and contacts pushed automatically to your phone from Hotmail.

Here’s the necessary settings after going to Settings -> Mail -> Add Account -> Microsoft Exchange:

  • email: Full e-mail address (such as: j_doe@hotmail.com)
  • Domain: Leave this blank
  • Username: Full e-mail address (such as: j_doe@hotmail.com)
  • Password: Your hotmail password
  • Description: eg: Hotmail, Personal email, whatever

Tap – Next and the Server field will appear:

  • Server/URL: m.hotmail.com

Tap – Next again and you’re good to go.

  • Make sure that you keep the SSL enabled
  • Certificate: Accept the SSL certificate if/ when prompted
  • Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks: Enable what you fancy 😉

Many phones already support ActiveSync for connecting to an Exchange server, but the feature will be particularly useful on phones that support dual ActiveSync accounts, including devices running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. Users who don’t connect to an Exchange Server, but still have a device with ActiveSync support can also use the new Hotmail feature. Microsoft says over 300 million mobile devices currently support EAS; a full list is available on the Windows Live Solution Center.

Have you got ActiveSync set up? How are you finding it?

Let me know 🙂

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