I'm sure people still sneer at anything with a hotmail address, they did 11 years ago after all.
I've had an active account with them for 10 years, used to be that they would close your account if you didn't login at least once every 30 days. Enrolled in 1997 IIRC. But that one was zapped, due to inability to login. I don't do any business through my ten year old account , though I have subscribed to a few mailing lists through it.
The awful, impractical web-based interface I was forced to use on my slow comp when M'soft withdrew support for IMAP - which to be fair we were informed of well in advance - + my inability to now no longer use my old Outlook Express 6 to connect to it put me off using hotmail for about a year. But m'soft kept it active for me this time and did not kill it.
I wish M'soft had re-enabled IMAP. I am however now using Live Mail, which kind of resembles OE. and is very nice - has a much better interface than the web site based option.
On reconnecting to my hotmail account having setup Windows Live mail 12 months after the IMAP withdrawal - I found I had some 7,000 unread emails, most of these were from my yahoo group lists, very little of it was spam. The spam filters have improved vastly.
My .gmx account attracts a lot more spam than does snotmail nowadays but granted, my gmx email address is spattered all over the Net, my hotmail one, isn't.
If you are going to use hotmail, ffs use Windows Live. I haven't checked the web interface recently but if it is as unusable as it was a year ago, no wonder people use gmail.