Normally, the announcement that Microsoft is transitioning away from Hotmail to their new cloud-based Outlook interface wouldn't register much space on this blog. However, due to my posts about using Hotmail to emulate ActiveSync on your devices, there is a tie-in.
First, there's the perception that having a Hotmail account is somewhat embarrassing. Why? Who knows. I don't care about how things look; I care about making use of the most efficient process to achieve the goal. You can even replace an existing hotmail.com address with a new outlook.com address (although you were never required to use a hotmail.com address). But, if these issues held you back from trying it, well, your problems are solved.
But here's the better news. Based on my assessment, Outlook is just a superior interface. Also, if you implemented Hotmail, transitioning to Outlook takes about two mouse-clicks and doesn't interrupt or affect ActiveSync.
So, maybe you want to revisit the process...