João Ribeiro

Exchange Server ;Office Communications Server and Windows Mobile / Phones

ActiveSync for Hotmail is now available

ActiveSync for Hotmail is now available

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After a long period waiting, it's finally here !

 

We are proud to announce and to say that this is supported on ALL major phones platforms.

Find below How to configure your device to use this new feature.

Quick Steps

• If your device supports only one profile of ActiveSync, delete the existing ActiveSync profile on your device if you already use it
• Enter the following: 
    URL - m.hotmail.com 
    Username - Enter full name with domain info, e.g. john@hotmail.com
    Domain - Leave blank (see Known Issues for some Nokia devices)
    SSL - Enabled 
    Certificate - Accept the SSL certificate when prompted
    Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks - All can be enabled.

Supported Devices

• The following devices have been tested against Hotmail ActiveSync
    o WM 6.x 
    o WP7
    o iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
    o Nokia E-series, S-series, N-series running Mail for Exchange application

• More devices will be added to the above list over time.

• Users are welcome to try with other devices but support may be limited in the near term. 
    o Android Support: Hotmail team will add Android to list of supported devices in the coming months after testing is completed. 
         Access from Android 2.1 is NOT supported due to known client issues on Android 2.1. 
         There are users successfully syncing from Hotmail via the default application or the Touchdown application on Android 2.2.

WM 6.x Setup

The steps are identical between WM 6.1 and 6.5.  If deleting an existing profile, make sure to back up the data on the device before configuring the ActiveSync profile for Hotmail access.

1. Click on “ActiveSync” under Start menu or under Programs.
2. Click on the link above to configure the ActiveSync profile for Hotmail access. You may need to delete the existing profile if it is already in use.
3. Disable automatic detection of Exchange server settings.
4. Enter your full Hotmail address in User name field. Enter password. Leave Domain blank.
5. Enter m.hotmail.com in the Server address field.
6. Select the data to sync. Hotmail supports all 4 data types via ActiveSync.
7. The device will connect to Hotmail ActiveSync and perform an initial sync for the selected data.
8. Successful synchronization will result in device showing a screen like this.


iPhone Setup

The steps are similar for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.  On a device that supports only a single ActiveSync profile, make sure to back up the data on the device before configuring the ActiveSync profile for Hotmail access.

1. Click on Settings. Under Settings, click on “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.
2. Click on “Add Account” in the Accounts page.
3. Click on “Microsoft Exchange” to configure Hotmail access.
4. Enter your full Hotmail email address in both Email and Username fields. Leave Domain blank. Enter your password. In the Description field, enter a name, e.g Hotmail.
5. Enter m.hotmail.com for the Server name.
6. If access succeeds, you will see this page. Select the data to sync. Click on Save.


Nokia Setup – Mail for Exchange


The following steps are for the Mail for Exchange application on most Nokia smartphones. If the existing ActiveSync profile is already in use, make sure to back up the data on the device before configuring the ActiveSync profile for Hotmail access.

1. Click on “Mail for Exchange” icon in the Application menu.
2. Click on “Sync mode”. You may need to delete the existing profile if already used to configure it for Hotmail access.
3. Enter your full Hotmail email address in Email address and Username fields.
4. Enter m.hotmail.com in the Exchange server field. 
5. Select the Initial sync option for calendar, e.g. “Delete items on phone”.
6. Select the Initial sync option for tasks, e.g. “Delete items on phone”.
7. Select the Initial sync option for contacts, e.g. “Delete items on phone”.
8. Configure the Sync mode to be either push or pull at a specified interval. 

Setup Steps are also available at :

ActiveSync Set-Up for Hotmail Access
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=46bd910c-ed99-497d-80d7-ab8b11237ed0

 

Kindest regards,


João Ribeiro

 

ActiveSync Set-Up for Hotmail Access
Comments
  • May I know what will happen if I typed m.hotmail.com in the domain and accidentally pressed saved? Will my account details be sent to the "wrong domain"? Please help me I'm very scared

     

    Hi John,

     

    Probably an error will pop-up saying it's not the correct doamin. "m.hotmail.com" is the Server name and hence there should be no problem.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    João Ribeiro

  • Will the m.hotmail.com "domain" "hack" my passwords because I entered m.hotmail.com as domain and entered all the others like username n password and proceeded??

     

    Hi John,

     

    No, Windows Live will not hack your passwords :)

    You can relax regarding that.

     

    Kindest regards,

     

    João Ribeiro

  • Okay, could you explain what a domain is? I'm not afraid of windows live stealing my password, just afraid that Microsoft doesn't have this domain called m.hotmail.com and it may be owned by some other random organization which tries to steal my account. I hope I'm not pestering you much, but I get paranoid easily, please help me thank you.

     

    Hi John,

    You don't pest me at all.

     

    m.hotmail.com is the url that performs the connection to the Exchange Activesync in the Hotmail domain. The configuration you faced is called Autodiscovery and it can "find" the server based on some criterias, such as the url or your simple username. It will then perform the match and configure the device :)

     

    Hope I relieved your pain somehow.

     

    Cheers,

     

    João Ribeiro

  • Alright I'm fine now, I put m.hotmail in the DOMAIN and of course the server, but however when refreshing the emails, they requested a new password as it was wrong. Therefore, I went to my iPhone's mail setting and cleared the domain box, and voila! So, I think since they could tell that my password is wrong, I should be safe as I'm with hotmail, not some other hackers, thanks you made my day!

     

    No problem :)

    Have a nice day !

     

    João Ribeiro

  • Perhaps, if I were to manually input the domain myself, what would it look like?

     

    It will not work :)

     

    It must be configured has it's on the post.

     

    The domain is for when you have a domain in your Organization and you need to insert all the information for yourself ASSUMING that autodiscover is not working properly.

     

    Hope this helps,

     

    João Ribeiro

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