I'm assuming that Hotmail is trying to add features that Gmail has, in order to keep its userbase. Funny thing is that I didn't realize that Gmail had some of these features:
- SMS password recovery options
- Security Alerts in real-time if your account has been compromised
I like the author's suggestions though that someone should offer single-use, disposable accounts, ala mailinator.com, paralelling credit card companies. I think Discover did that first. And when will they catch up with PKI capabilities/offerings? Google could make it a Labs feature and keep it in Beta forever, and that would be fine...