[QUOTE=mciahel;2537718]Hm. Hotmail supports standard protocols like POP3 and SMTP (not sure about IMAP), so you can use your favourite mail client. Why using a browser for mail access? [/QUOTE]
Ease of use, access from everywhere, reliable online storage, etc.
Gmail has made a desktop email client irrelevant for me. Now I have a powerful web email client that I can access from anywhere (desktop, laptop, smartphone), with a huge amount of storage online (7.4GB).