As of sometime yesterday afternoon, Microsoft has finally gotten my email and calendar to work together properly. For the last few years I have been trying to get my windows mobile phone to sync not just my email and contacts, but my calendar too. That it took them until Aug 30 2010 to finally make this work is simply inexcusable! The solution was so simple: implement exchange/activesync for the hotmail + live services.
Now I or anyone on any modern phone can simply type in a few things and get a similar level of functionality that used to be the domain of corporate types only. There are still one or two things missing though. One is the fairly meaningless bit where gmail (using activesync) will take the pictures you have assigned to your contacts and store them up in the cloud with the rest of your data. This is not such a big deal, but it would be nice.
All things considered, I am still satisfied with using Windows Live for email. They provide the best desktop client without a doubt. That is what has kept me from going over to gmail for all this time. Outlook is too slow, and there arent any other clients that properly support gmail.
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