Microsoft, which terminated Outlook Express with extreme prejudice some years back, replacing it with something called Windows Live Mail, is also keen to rid itself of Hotmail, replacing it with something called, um, Outlook.
They dumped me into the Outlook format. This was totally unacceptable, and as I use my email for the bulk of my communication I lost no time fixing the format back to Hotmail. However, even still they’ve changed Hotmail so that it shows all the emails in a particular thread. I find this terribly irritating. But, I haven’t yet had time to try and see if there’s a way to un-do that too.
Which is why I’ve stayed with WLM: it picks up all five of my usual email addresses, one of which is Hotmail, and doesn’t fuss about any of them, even (gasp!) AOL.