With Outlook 2013, to-dos become doable on Windows Phone and Hotmail

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The release of the Office 2013 Customer Preview is exciting, but one feature in particular has me nearly jumping for joy: Outlook 2013’s built-in Hotmail integration.

Previous version of Outlook allowed you to sync your email, contacts, and calendar with Microsoft’s email service using the Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector. Unfortunately, task sync was not supported. As an Outlook user and someone who uses tasks to manage nearly every detail of my life, this was extremely annoying. I liked Outlook’s tasks, but I didn’t want to have them shackled to a single PC. I tried to use Hotmail’s to-dos, which sync with Windows Phone, but even that was unsatisfactory. Eventually, I stopped using Outlook for task management altogether and simply kept a list of tasks in OneNote. But I never stopped hoping that, one day, Outlook 2013 would be fully integrated with Hotmail.

After downloading Office 2013, I immediately launched Outlook and set up my Hotmail account. I was pleased to discover that Outlook 2013 includes built-in support for Exchange ActiveSync – no Hotmail Connector required – which, yes, means that task sync is available at last. Now, my tasks are accessible via Outlook, Hotmail, and Windows Phone. This isn’t a major change, but it certainly made my day.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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5 thoughts on “With Outlook 2013, to-dos become doable on Windows Phone and Hotmail

  • I suppose there are not many going through the same thing, but I am one of them. I have a WP7 and use hotmail tasks extensively, but it is a real bummer that outlook won’t sync. Reading your post has made my day. Can’t wait to get it all set up.

  • Wow, are you saying that task sync really actually works – in both directions? Incredible.

    I hope Windows Phone 8 supports non-cloud sync directly with Outlook. I have no need or desire to put my info on the internet, and would move to WP8 if only they would support direct sync between Outlook Tasks, Contacts and Calendars over WiFi/Bluetooth/USB on the phone and desktop.

  • I like that I can add a to-do on my phone and it dispalys in the to-do list in the new online Outlook (and vice versa.

    What I don’t see is why they created a to-do integration in the online Outlook and WP7 phone but left the old tasks in new Outlook 2013 (the Outlook on my laptop).

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