Microsoft Exchange is now available to the masses. Hotmail just turned on Exchange ActiveSync support for mobile devices today, bringing all the goodness of email, contacts and calendar sync to Windows Mobile, iOS, Palm and Nokia smartphones. I deleted the old Hotmail account (POP!) off my phone and added it as an Exchange service and all of a sudden, I have proper read-status sync and all my contacts available on my phone.
What’s even better is the Outlook Hotmail Connector for Office 2010 supports contact and calendar sync (in addition to email), so everything’s synced without ever needing to plug in a cable to my computer. As more of these mobile-oriented services light up over the next couple months, my anticipation for Windows Phone 7 builds.