POP3 service has now been enabled in Hotmail as well which Gmail has been giving since long. Currently, this service is not available for users all around the world but Microsoft plans to enable POP3 service in Hotmail for all the countries very soon. At present, the service is available for Hotmail users in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
POP3 is actually and Internet standard protocol through which the local email clients retrieve information(email) from a remote server over a TCP/IP connection. You can have a look at these details on POP3.
The major benefit of having POP3 in Hotmail is that, users can now access their mail on their mobile devices by using email applications instead of having to visit mobile.live.com. Once you set up the application for accessing mails by providing some details like POP Server, Username, Password, etc, you are ready to roll on.
Another great benefit of this is that, users will now be able to access their mails in Hotmail from any other email services that are POP3 enabled. So, if you wish to switch from Hotmail to Gmail, you can do it very easily by tweaking around with some settings regarding POP3 in Hotmail. Previously users could read their Hotmail emails in Gmail by using some third party websites. With POP3 in Hotmail, users can now do it very easily without racking much of their brains.
So, lets wait patiently till POP3 gets enabled in Hotmail all over the world.