take a look here http://www.lifehacker.com/software/e...ird-034583.php
- it sounds like there is a thunderbird extension to do this.
I have a 'Valued' hotmail account, which means i can access my email using outlook/outlookExpress for free, however I run linux! Because hotmail uses some non standard protocol other email clients like thunderbird wont work - although as the link suggests there are people who are checking their hotmail accounts with thunderbird, so it is doable. - if you spot a way to do so with thunderbird under Linux let me know