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Does Apple Mail support Push E-mail from MS Exchange?

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Turbopgt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 31, 2013 9:17 AM

I cannot find any information from the last two years (relevant) regarding this simple question.


I have a new Exchange Online account, OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6.


Everything works perfectly, there were no issues with setup or configuration to get everything syncing properly.


However, Outlook for Mac receives Push email, iOS devices all receive Push email....but Apple Mail v.6.2 (current) does not receive Push E-mail from Exchange. It does from iCloud, of course.


I just can't wrap my head around why the iDevices can receive Push e-mail from Exchange and not Apple Mail. Can anyone please expain this or simply provide confirmation that it in fact DOES NOT WORK so I can stop trying to figure it out.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,195 points)

    Yes, if you've configured it as an Exchange Web Service account it supports posh.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,935 points)

    Sorry, William, but unless I've missed something, that's wrong. iOS devices support push since they connect via ActiveSync, but none of the EWS email clients, which include Apple's Mail and Microsoft's Outlook, support push email - Turbopgt is mistaken about Outlook for Mac supporting it. If you believe otherwise for Apple's Mail, please explain how you were able to set this up.



  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,935 points)

    Sorry, but no, Microsoft themselves confirm that Outlook 2011 does not support push email. I have Outlook 2011 and it most certainly is not getting push notifications. See these messages from Microsoft technicians in this thread on Microsofts forum:




    I just tested it, matching my iPad, Outlook 2011, and Apple Mail, to make sure that the most current version of Outlook hasn't added push, which it has not. It does a fetch every minute, so I'd bet it's just fetching so often that you think it's supporting push.


    Why Apple, or Microsoft themselves, don't support push in Mac OS X I don't know. But for right now, a one-minute fetch period is the best we can do.



  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,935 points)

    From Microsoft's Office365 forum:

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    Don't know what else to say, unless Microsoft has snuck in push support with Office 365 since that post was made that they did not with their Exchange servers. But in any case, Apple Mail does not support push from an Exchange server. Why they don't is something none of us here can answer.



  • RowdyAce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can answer's because doesn't use activesync, like iOS does.  Activesync opens up a semi-permanent connection that allows the server to push email to your iOS device (or Android). In the case of, Apple has chosen to use Exchange Web Services, which makes  a connection to the outlook web access server of an Exchange installation and asks for new email every once in a while.


    Apple just needs to license ActiveSync and put it in and all this stupid crap about push email, issues with new emails not getting downloaded, etc, etc would be solved!

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,935 points)

    Outlook 2011 doesn't connect via ActiveSync either and Outlook is Microsoft's own product, so clearly there's more involved than just licensing.



  • RowdyAce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think that's a comparison of Apples and Oranges (pardon the pun). But just to follow you're logic, you believe that Mail App connecting via EWS over the Internet works differently in any measure than Outlook 2011 via EWS over the Internet?  I'd love to see your technical proof of that.  While you're looking, here are the technical aspects of EWS. The only piece here is...did Apple implement EWS to the specification?  Will we ever know?


    Once connected with EWS, there's no magic in the Exchange server that says "oh! this is a MacMail client, let's send their mail differently than the guy next to him with Outlook".


    And even with all of that....Its obvious that Mac applications (i.e. iOS) can have emailed pushed to them.  The difference ActiveSync.  Works for Android, iOS, Blackberry 10. None of which are Microsoft products...all of which have licenced ActiveSync from Microsoft.


    Things that make you go ...HMMMM

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,935 points)

    No, it is absolutely not such a comparison, or does issues of EWS implementation have anything to do with the topic. The subject was push email which a connection via EWS does not support.


    You claim that Apple just needs to license ActiveSync for OS X, but riddle me this, Batman: if licensing is the only issue, why does Microsoft's own mail application for Mac OS X not support ActiveSync and hence push email? They don't have to pay licensing to themselves, now do they? Would not implementing ActiveSync in their own product be a marketing plus for them? It would seem clear that there's something else involved beyond just Apple being willing to pay Microsoft, unless Microsoft is willing to shoot their own product in the foot if Apple won't pay the ActiveSync licensing. Perhaps, just perhaps, the limitations in Exchange ActiveSync such as not supporting Draft folders, accessing only a limited  number of mailbox item properties, searching being limited only to a single string and a maximum of 200 results, might make ActiveSync acceptable for a mobile device but too limiting for a desktop email client?



  • LocutusEstBorg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On my PC, Outlook 2013 for Windows receives instant mail notifications from Exchange (not ActiveSync). doesn't. does receive instant notifications for IMAP and iCloud.


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