Update: Hotmail Push Mail, Contacts & Calendar now enabled with Exchange ActiveSync

Microsoft has enabled Hotmail push email support for a wide range of phones including the iPhone, Windows Phone devices and Android today.

Microsoft is introducing the support using Exchange ActiveSync, available on nearly 300 million phones. With push email you can sychronize email between your phone and the web, and also synchronize calendar and contacts. Microsoft originally revealed its plans back in April this year. The service will only work on mobile phones and not on desktop email clients.

Microsoft has traditionally used a closed door approach for access to Hotmail compared to offerings from its rivals. Google offers Exchange ActiveSync support with its Gmail service and Microsoft is aiming to ensure Hotmail offers everything gmail does and more. The new Hotmail also includes a single contact list of all online contacts including those from services like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. Microsoft has also introduced Active Views to integrate the content and functionality of other websites directly into emails that users receive. If a contact sends you an email with a link to a YouTube video or a Flickr photo album, you will be able to view the video or photo slide show within the email itself.

To enabled the service on your phone, simply select the Exchange option from your mobile and point the server address to m.hotmail.com

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