I stopped using my Hotmail account close to 2 years ago when I couldn't get it on my Froyo Android phone and it refused to play nice with any of the available browsers. Switched to Gmail, sent out a notification to all my own contacts and the transition went pretty smooth.
I know down the road there was actually a Hotmail app released, but by then I already made the move.
I hope for all the remaining Hotmail users their transition went smoothly and they didn't lose any contacts in the process. God knows it was a pain when I canceled my subscription to AOL when Time Warner started up high speed internet in the area and I wasn't going to keep paying $20 for an email address, which, eventually became free for all anyways.
Guess I've had crappy luck there.
It just makes me wonder, if I had went to a Windows phone over Android, would I have been able to just set up my Hotmail direct to a built in Outlook client or would I have been setting up a Gmail account anyways?