Here is a great e-mail application that will make managing your hotmail account and all your other emails a lot easier. Thunderbird is an e-mail application made by the makers of Firefox that serves as a great alternative to any e-mail application.
Thunderbird will let you manage your hotmail account and all of your email accounts in one place. This is great if you have multiple e-mails registered with different sites(one with gmail, one with windows live and another with yahoo for example)
Thunderbird uses a Bayesian spam filtering system. Bayesian spam filtering has become a huge part of current email management in the last 10 years. This is a statistical technique which makes decisions based on complex pattern recognition to get rid of spam. This allows accounts with weaker security( a hotmail account for example) to have a stronger filter against spam.
It also allows you to open multiple e-mail accounts or messages in different tabs just like an internet browser to keep the clutter down. Thunderbird also lets you send emails under any name or alias you choose. Just like its Firefox counterpart Thunderbird boasts a myriad of add-ons. You can change the appearance with a theme or use a calendar add-on to enhance your scheduling process. The best part of Thunderbird is its free and constantly self updating to ensure you always have the latest version.