Possible work around for some people
As one of the rare Linux/Hotmail users ..
Provided a user has had a hotmail account for a certain amount of time prior to MS removing web-dav access, there is a workaround to avoid using the horrible UI of hotmail.
If your account was created after this time, the following won't work, however if your account *predates* the switch over, your`re in luck.
Hotwayd provides a pop3 interface to hotmail, configured as part of Xinetd
You'll need to configure it, here is my /etc/xinet.d/hotwayd
# comment out following if you want other hosts to access your gateway
only_from = localhost
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = nobody
port = 6667
server = /usr/sbin/hotwayd
# uncomment following if you're behind a proxy
# server_args = -p http://quadbrsprx:8080
# -u proxy_user -q proxy_password
log_on_success += USERID
log_on_failure += USERID
disable = no
Now that you have this you can configure any pop3 client to grab your mail from localhost:6667 , you can't send mail via hotmail's smtp gateway for some reason, so this is only a partial solution.
I tend to use my isp's smtp gateway and forge the headers on the mail using nbsmtp which has all params passed on the command line, here's mine with user/pass changed.
I just added this to my ~/.muttrc
set sendmail="/usr/bin/nbsmtp -U email@example.com -P myisp-password-with-special-chars-escaped -d hotmail.com -h mail.myisp.com -f firstname.lastname@example.org"
Hope it helps