At one time a mainstay of email and Internet communication, Hotmail is officially dead.
In related news, Hotmail was apparently not officially dead until this week. Who knew!
As of Thursday, every single remaining Hotmail account (all 14 of them) has been migrated to Outlook, Microsoft's newer and redesigned email experience.
Chillax. Your Hotmail account will be the same. Your emails will still get to you at that address. But the interface and experience no longer say Hotmail.
Outlook allows Hotmail users to use SMTP, a popular, device-friendly standard for receiving email, and integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage solution.
R.I.P. Hotmail. Say hi to AltaVista for us.