You may have seen my previous post about this, but I have just confirmed - Hotmail is dead/dying.
Additionally, there is no way to switch back to Hotmail:
"All Hotmail customers have been upgraded to Outlook.com. As part of this transition, we've removed the option to switch back to Hotmail."
Hi again erikwoods - the inevitable has happened, it seems. Thank you so much for keeping your finger on the pulse here, we really hope that Microsoft go on to update things for the better. Please keep us posted if you have any more news to share!