the subject "Microsoft, please add push functionality to Hotmail for Microsoft
mobile devices!" Robert Webbe (you know - the guy
everything about Bluetooth A2DP and AVRC) sent me an interesting E-Mail
yesterday and the topic he raised is absolutely worth to discuss.
Why is msn not offering MSFP functionalities for its MSN Hotmail Plus service
which costs yearly 19,99 Euro already!
I mean, for sure you get for your 20 Euro 2 GB storage space, you can send and
receive E-Mails with up to 20 MB attachments and you are not bothered by any
ad-banners but - and this might make the Hotmail Plus so worth for some - you
can also access your Hotmail account via Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
Well, if you read Outlook and Outlook Express, it might be worth to think about
support for Pocket Outlook as well and not just POP3 or IMAP4 access but the
full E-Mail push functionality, Microsoft's own Exchange 2003 SP2 server offers
for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PC Phone Editions.
The only reason I can think about, why MSN Hotmail Plus isn't supporting push E-Mail, is that
Hotmail is for sure (I think) not working with standard Exchange 2003 servers
but something different, even bigger and better scaleable. But anyway, even if
Hotmail isn't using Exchange 2003, it would be a cool feature to have
Microsoft's Messaging Feature Pack (without Security but why not with security
like remote wipe as well) supported for premium MSN accounts too.
Something I have to dig into and I have to ask my contacts at Microsoft, if MSN has any
plans to support push E-Mail for Hotmail as well.
Cheers ~ Arne