Outlook Express Grinds to a Halt

Today I received an email from Microsoft about Outlook Express and how it is going away as a supported program:

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If you are using Outlook Express, you need to use something else now.  If you access your hotmail account(s) now using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or 2007 you need to add the Outlook Connector.  You can always get your email through your browser after you log in to MSN or Live.Com.