I pretty much never check my Hotmail account any more; it's become my default spam bucket ever since Hotmail gleefully deleted a bunch of mail on me after I failed to log in often enough during a very busy period a few years back. (That and it seems to currently enjoy sending Safari into an infinite redirect loop, which is just super-awesome--thanks, guys!)
My inattention to my Hotmail account has caused me to just have a series of domain transfers fail because I have my domain contact info pointed to it (again, since I figure spammers will just harvest it from the whois info). But missing the domain transfer emails... well, that's a pain in the ass, so, fine, it's time to set up auto forwarding as I have with other accounts that don't filter the spam so well.
Hotmail's forwarding page says:
You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or custom domains. You'll receive an e-mail at that address asking you to verify your account. [Emphasis mine.]
Note the "or custom domains"...
So I punched in my gmail address, and it tells me:
You're only able to forward mail to a custom domain or an e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, or live.com. Please try again.
Now wait just a goddamn minute there--where'd the "custom domains" go?
So I can only forward my shitty Hotmail email to some other waste-of-bytes piece of garbage email account that Microsoft owns? What kind of bullshit is that?