Well, after seeing more perversion in Hotmail's ads, i finally decided to move it into Mozilla, where i can block the ads easily. That's when i found how many cookies it wanted.
hotmail.msn.com sets three.
login.passport.net sets one.
login.passport.com sets one.
msn.com sets five.
passport.com sets eight.
That's eighteen cookies!
For comparison of other email providers.
mail.moocow.com sets four.
mail.yahoo.com sets six (four at yahoo.com, two at mail.yahoo.com)
mail.com sets eight (mail.com sets six, mail01.mail.com sets two).
Generally, blocking any one cookie restricts access to the site.
I only have hotmail for my resume. It was commented to me to have a "normal" address, to which i somewhat agreed.
But why do they need so many cookies?