Hotmail users to get Exchange ActiveSync starting Monday

Although I switched to Gmail as my primary email provider years ago, I have always kept my Hotmail account active as a backup if only for nostalgic reasons. It was my very first email account that I acquired in my senior year of high school back in 1999 as I was making my first forays into the World Wide Web. With the introduction of Gmail, it was hard to see any benefit in my Hotmail account other than for the correspondence therein. Gmail had vastly more storage, threaded messages, a better user interface, and was more or less hassle-free compared to the kludge that was Hotmail. Even as Microsoft upped the storage and improved the user experience, it continued to lag behind Gmail in features, most notably, its lack of IMAP support and push email.

Starting this Monday, however, all that will change. Hotmail users will finally get Exchange ActiveSync support granting them the push and syncing capabilities that every modern day email service ought to have. I, for one, will be happy to have access to all my folders from the comfort of my iPhone and Palm Pre. With Windows Phone 7 around the corner, this is a great move by Microsoft to bring Hotmail up to speed. Welcome to the present!

Source: CNET via PreCentral