11-16-2010 07:16 AM
Using an outside email provider would require using the ACT! Internet Mail option and SMTP/POP3 information. However, I believe Hotmail uses non-standard ports (ACT! only connects with ports 25 and 110). If you are unable to connect using the Internet Email option, another option is to connect Hotmail to Outlook and then integrate ACT! with Outlook.
Here is an article explaining the Internet Mail setup: KB Article 22985
Here is an article for integrating ACT! with Outlook: KB Article 26832