For those who may be interested in integrating Outlook with their Hotmail account, I came across Pop3Hot.

"With Pop3Hot, you can send and retrieve messages from Hotmail's Inbox right into your favorite application." - it says.

I don't personally have a Hotmail account so cannot comment on the benefits of this software, but have noticed various questions in this forum relating to it - it may just be the answer to some folks problems.