Microsoft will enable Exchange Active Sync (EAS) connections for mobile phones on Aug. 30. This will provide full push email to Hotmail users, and also full sync capability with Windows Live Contacts, Calendars and in some cases, Tasks. Active Sync support has been available on many mobile phone platforms for some time, but this will be the first time native Hotmail support comes to Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile platform.
Native EAS support means push email is fully enabled for Hotmail users; new email will arrive on the mobile phone as soon as it hits the Hotmail account. It also means that a third-party solution (or Exchange Server) will no longer be needed to provide syncing the phone with Windows Live accounts.
The EAS support works best on Windows Mobile, iPhone, Nokia or Palm smartphones (and only Windows Mobile 6.x and above, not Windows Mobile 5) according to Microsoft. It will also work with certain Android handsets and Android OS versions, but those have not been clarified by Microsoft.
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